In a one-on-one interview with Gov. Mike Pence, the state’s chief executive discusses a wide range of issues dealing with this year’s legislative session. Gov. Pence was also asked about the growing speculation that he might one day be considered a potential candidate for president.
In the video above, Gov. Pence discusses the pre-K pilot program that will provide vouchers for early childhood education. It was a key piece of the governor’s legislative agenda for 2014, and an issue that House lawmakers have also tried to move forward on in recent years.
But the pilot program was nearly derailed in the Senate, which decided to form a study committee to look into the issue instead, before an agreement was finally reached to form both a study committee and launch a pilot program this year.
The compromise measure allows for a pilot program, using up to $10 million in existing state funds that were left unspent. It also mandates that the state conduct a study tracking students to determine their progress in kindergarten and later grades. Gov. Pence signed the measure into law on Thursday.