When it comes to our public schools, I believe we should fund excellence
schools and our teachers.
That's why we proposed an increase in funding for schools each of the
next two years,
with the second year based on school performance and an additional $6
teacher excellence grants to increase pay for our high-performing
We must continue to take steps to ensure that every third grader can
read, to promote
math proficiency by elementary students and to invest in highly
prevention programs like Jobs for America's Graduates.
And our administration also will work with our new Superintendent of
to cut the red tape that teachers face in the classroom, and let them
children will get the best education when good teachers have the freedom
and are rewarded for excellence.
I have long believed that parents should be able to choose where their
go to school, regardless of their income. We must continue to expand
opportunities, especially for those with the fewest resources, beginning
High-quality early education programs can have immediate and long-term
effects for our kids. Many communities across Indiana are already
to provide pre-K programs for at-risk children. One of the best examples
Busy Bees Academy in Columbus, which serves at-risk and disadvantaged
my hometown. Let's work together to expand incentives for Hoosiers to
kind of innovative, community-driven pre-K effort for our low-income
In recent years, Indiana has given parents who previously had few choices
to choose the public or private school that best meets the needs of their
This fall, more than 9,000 students attended a school of their choice.