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March 2, 2015
Council approves funding for Indianapolis preschool program
Paying for the program was the final decision needed to put into action what is expected to be a five-year program.
February 9, 2015
City-County Council begins debate about how to pay for preschool
The plan for a $40 million public-private partnership between the city, businesses and philanthropy groups to provide preschool for 1,000 poor children passed the council by a wide margin in December after months of compromise between council Democrats and Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, who was blocked by Democrats when he first pitched the idea for a similar program last summer.
December 1, 2014
Ballard rallies crowd for preschool before Council vote
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard cheered the city’s proposal to fund preschool for poor children with his supporters Monday night as city leaders braced for a close City-County…
November 11, 2014
Compromise on Ballard's preschool plan takes a big step forward
A City-County Council committee tonight approved a bipartisan plan for a $40 million city preschool program, sending it to the full Indianapolis City-County Council for a vote.
November 5, 2014
Mayor Ballard praises revived city preschool plan
Ballard released a statement today praising a new, revived agreement to fund a preschool program similar to the one he first proposed over the summer as part of a comprehensive plan to address the city's growing crime rate.
September 22, 2014
Ballard's $50 million preschool plan in peril
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's ambitious preschool program is in danger of being scrapped altogether after being stripped of its proposed funding method with no alternatives on the table.
September 10, 2014
Democrats raise doubts about Ballard's preschool plan
Democrats who are wary of Mayor Greg Ballard's blockbuster $50 million proposal to help more children attend preschool across Indianapolis will offer their own preschool expansion plan later this month. But supporters of Ballard's plan say Democrats are playing politics and putting at risk a potentially huge benefit to poor Indianapolis children.
Politics & Policy
June 2, 2014
New charter school's goal: Keep kids from returning to jail
A Marion County judge and the head of the county’s juvenile detention center think a new charter school is the way help kids who have gotten into serious trouble with the law erase that stigma by adding a new, better label: high school graduate. To get there, the school will copycat some elements of a successful chain of dropout recovery high schools run by Goodwill Industries. Those schools, called Excel Centers, have a strong record not only of getting dropouts to earn diplomas but also to garner better paying jobs or even enroll in college. If the approach can work with kids who are in the greatest danger of heading to a life of crime, not only will their futures be improved the entire city can benefit, said Deputy Mayor Jason Kloth.
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