Like Kennedy Davis and her brother Isaiah. The Davis family, from
used the voucher program to send Kennedy to first grade at Trader's Point
Academy. She's a second grader there now and her brother Isaiah is in
thanks, in part, to Indiana's school scholarship and tax credit program.
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
tax deductions, removing the prior year requirement and lifting means
foster, adopted, special needs and military families would be a good
But when graduation comes, we want to make sure that our schools work for
kids, regardless of where they want to start in life-whether they are
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
To that end, we are proposing to increase funding to our state-sponsored
and universities and to tie our funding and financial aid to on-time
Even as we encourage every student to go to college, we recognize not
is college bound. But they all deserve the same opportunity for success.
honest work is honorable work, our schools should work just as well for
who want to get a job as they do for our kids who want to get a college
The time has come to make career, technical and vocational education a
in every high school in Indiana.
To expand career and technical education, we need greater collaboration
agencies, and I propose we create Regional Works Councils to work with
and educators across the state to develop regional, demand-driven
curricula to bring
high-paying career options to more Hoosiers in high school.