Pence won’t reconsider bid for $80M pre-K grant

In this file photo taken on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, talks to the media after naming Rep. Suzanne Crouch R-Evansville, Indiana State Auditor at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is standing by his decision not to seek a federal preschool grant worth up to $80 million.

Pence issued a statement Tuesday saying his administration is focused on next year’s start of a five-county pre-K pilot program approved by the General Assembly this year. He says federal funding would not guarantee success.

School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and two members of the Indiana State Board of Education called on Pence to reconsider his decision after the U.S. Education Department extended the application deadline to Wednesday. The grant would be worth $20 million over up to four years. Ritz says Indiana is among only 16 states eligible to apply for the grant.

Advocates for the grant have said it could help Indiana serve up to 2,000 low-income children. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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