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January 23, 2013

Gov. Pence's State of the State address

(Continued)

RUSHVILLE — Like Kennedy Davis and her brother Isaiah. The Davis family, from

Indianapolis,

used the voucher program to send Kennedy to first grade at Trader's Point

Christian

Academy. She's a second grader there now and her brother Isaiah is in

kindergarten

thanks, in part, to Indiana's school scholarship and tax credit program.

Kennedy

 and Isaiah are thriving. They're with us today. Keep it up, kids,

Indiana is proud

of both of you!

We've made progress in expanding choices, but we can do more. Expanding

tuition

tax deductions, removing the prior year requirement and lifting means

testing for

foster, adopted, special needs and military families would be a good

start.

But when graduation comes, we want to make sure that our schools work for

all our

kids, regardless of where they want to start in life-whether they are

headed for

 college or want to start a career right out of school.

Let's be clear, every Hoosier child should be encouraged to go to

college, and we

must work to make sure our kids are college ready and make college more

affordable.

To that end, we are proposing to increase funding to our state-sponsored

colleges

and universities and to tie our funding and financial aid to on-time

completion.

Even as we encourage every student to go to college, we recognize not

every student

is college bound. But they all deserve the same opportunity for success.

Since all

honest work is honorable work, our schools should work just as well for

our kids

 who want to get a job as they do for our kids who want to get a college

degree.

The time has come to make career, technical and vocational education a

priority

in every high school in Indiana.

To expand career and technical education, we need greater collaboration

between

agencies, and I propose we create Regional Works Councils to work with

business

and educators across the state to develop regional, demand-driven

curricula to bring

high-paying career options to more Hoosiers in high school.

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