Pre-K On The Ballot In Bartholomew County


>>THANK YOU FOR THE
OPPORTUNITY, JOE. OPPORTUNITY, JOE.
>>PRE-K IS A HOT TOPIC ACROSS >>PRE-K IS A HOT TOPIC ACROSS
STATE, AND IN ONE COUNTY, IT’S STATE, AND IN ONE COUNTY, IT’S
ALSO AN ISSUE THAT WILL BE ON ALSO AN ISSUE THAT WILL BE ON
THE BALLOT NEXT WEEK. THE BALLOT NEXT WEEK.
VOTERS IN BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY VOTERS IN BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY
WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE A WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE A
7 YEAR TAX INCREASE THAT WOULD 7 YEAR TAX INCREASE THAT WOULD
FUND PRESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FUND PRESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR
DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES IN THE DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES IN THE
LOCAL DISTRICT. LOCAL DISTRICT.
A SIMILAR REFERENDUM FAILED WHEN A SIMILAR REFERENDUM FAILED WHEN
IT APPEARED ON THE BALLOT IN IT APPEARED ON THE BALLOT IN
2012. 2012.
THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS
YEAR THAT IS GOODIVING YEAR THAT IS GOODIVING
PROPONENTS MORE HOPE. PROPONENTS MORE HOPE.
— GIVING PROPONENTS MORE HOPE. — GIVING PROPONENTS MORE HOPE.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS THE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS THE
LANGUAGE THAT APPEARED ON THE LANGUAGE THAT APPEARED ON THE
2012 BALLOT. 2012 BALLOT.
AS YOU CAN SEE, IT ASKS FOR AS YOU CAN SEE, IT ASKS FOR
VOTERS, FOR A TAX INCREASE, BUT VOTERS, FOR A TAX INCREASE, BUT
DOESN’T MENTION PRE-K ANYWHERE. DOESN’T MENTION PRE-K ANYWHERE.
THE 2014 BALLOT QUESTION WILL THE 2014 BALLOT QUESTION WILL
LOOK LIKE THIS, SPECIFYING LOOK LIKE THIS, SPECIFYING
EXACTLY WHAT THE MONEY IS GOING EXACTLY WHAT THE MONEY IS GOING
TO BE USED FOR. TO BE USED FOR.
THAT’S BECAUSE OF A CHANGE IN THAT’S BECAUSE OF A CHANGE IN
STATE LAW THAT ALLOWS REFERENDA STATE LAW THAT ALLOWS REFERENDA
TO SPECIFY WHAT THE MONEY WILL TO SPECIFY WHAT THE MONEY WILL
BE USED FOR. BE USED FOR.
TO TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT THIS TO TALK MORE ABOUT WHAT THIS
MEANS FOR STATE EFFORTS TO FUND MEANS FOR STATE EFFORTS TO FUND
PRE-K, WE ARE JOINED BY STATE PRE-K, WE ARE JOINED BY STATE
IMPACT INDIANA’S RACHEL MORRELL. IMPACT INDIANA’S RACHEL MORRELL.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
>>HI, JOE. >>HI, JOE.
>>IS THE CHANGE IN LANGUAGE >>IS THE CHANGE IN LANGUAGE
ENOUGH THAT YOU THINK IT WOULD ENOUGH THAT YOU THINK IT WOULD
CHANGE THE OUTCOME COMPARED TO CHANGE THE OUTCOME COMPARED TO
WHAT IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO? WHAT IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO?
>>SURE. >>SURE.
BARTHOLOMEW CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL BARTHOLOMEW CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL
SUPERINTENDENT SAID HE THINKS SUPERINTENDENT SAID HE THINKS
SO. SO.
IT FAILS BY LESS THAN 2,000 IT FAILS BY LESS THAN 2,000
VOTES. VOTES.
SO HE THINKS IF PEOPLE SO HE THINKS IF PEOPLE
UNDERSTAND THE MONEY WILL GO TO UNDERSTAND THE MONEY WILL GO TO
PRE-K AND NOT DIVERTED TO OTHER PRE-K AND NOT DIVERTED TO OTHER
PROJECTS, THEY ARE MORE LIKELY PROJECTS, THEY ARE MORE LIKELY
TO SUPPORT IT. TO SUPPORT IT.
BUT I HAVE SPOKEN TO VOTERS WHO BUT I HAVE SPOKEN TO VOTERS WHO
SAID THE LANGUAGE DOESN’T HAVE SAID THE LANGUAGE DOESN’T HAVE
ANYTHING TO DO IT AND THEY DON’T ANYTHING TO DO IT AND THEY DON’T
THINK PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT IT THINK PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT IT
THIS YEAR EITHER? THIS YEAR EITHER?
>>WHAT ABOUT THE OPPOSITION. >>WHAT ABOUT THE OPPOSITION.
>>SOME ARE CONCERNED THAT >>SOME ARE CONCERNED THAT
SCHOOL OFFICIALS WANT TO FUNNEL SCHOOL OFFICIALS WANT TO FUNNEL
RESOURCES TO THE WRONG PROGRAM. RESOURCES TO THE WRONG PROGRAM.
OF ALL THE KIDS THAT GO TO OF ALL THE KIDS THAT GO TO
PRESCHOOL? PRESCHOOL?
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, ONLY ABOUT BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, ONLY ABOUT
20% WOULD BE IN THE PROGRAM THAT 20% WOULD BE IN THE PROGRAM THAT
MANY MANY WOULD AFFECT. MANY MANY WOULD AFFECT.
ALL THE REST EITHER GO TO ALL THE REST EITHER GO TO
TITLE 1 FUNDED PUBLIC PROGRAMS TITLE 1 FUNDED PUBLIC PROGRAMS
OR ONE OF THE MANY PRIVATE OR OR ONE OF THE MANY PRIVATE OR
FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS THAT THE FAITH-BASED PROGRAMS THAT THE
COUNTY OFFERS. COUNTY OFFERS.
NOT ALL FAMILIES CAN AFFORD NOT ALL FAMILIES CAN AFFORD
PRIVATE EDUCATION. PRIVATE EDUCATION.
>>WE HAVE BEEN HEARING A LOT >>WE HAVE BEEN HEARING A LOT
WITH PRE-K WITH THE STATE’S NEW WITH PRE-K WITH THE STATE’S NEW
PILOT PROGRAM AND THERE’S SOME PILOT PROGRAM AND THERE’S SOME
OTHER COMMUNITY EFFORTS TOO THAT OTHER COMMUNITY EFFORTS TOO THAT
ARE STARTING THEIR OWN SYSTEMS. ARE STARTING THEIR OWN SYSTEMS.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS MIGHT SAY WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS MIGHT SAY
FOR MORE OF A — THE OUTCOME OF FOR MORE OF A — THE OUTCOME OF
THIS REFERENDA, TO DO MORE ON A THIS REFERENDA, TO DO MORE ON A
STATEWIDE LEVEL. STATEWIDE LEVEL.
>>SURE. >>SURE.
SO A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SO A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
DISCUSSING HOW TO PAY FOR PRE-K. DISCUSSING HOW TO PAY FOR PRE-K.
IN INDY, THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT IN INDY, THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT
WHERE THE MONEY WILL PAY FOR THE WHERE THE MONEY WILL PAY FOR THE
PROGRAM THAT MAYOR GREG BALLARD PROGRAM THAT MAYOR GREG BALLARD
WANTS TO PUT IN PLACE AND ON THE WANTS TO PUT IN PLACE AND ON THE
STATE LEVEL, GOVERNOR PENCE STATE LEVEL, GOVERNOR PENCE
RECENTLY PULLED THE FEDERAL RECENTLY PULLED THE FEDERAL
PRE-K GRANT, INDICATING THAT HE PRE-K GRANT, INDICATING THAT HE
WANTS LOCAL CONTROL. WANTS LOCAL CONTROL.
SO IF THIS PASSES, WE COULD SEE SO IF THIS PASSES, WE COULD SEE
OTHER COUNTIES TRY TO PASS OTHER COUNTIES TRY TO PASS
SIMILAR REFERENDA, BUT IF IT SIMILAR REFERENDA, BUT IF IT
FAILS, THEY WILL HAVE TO TAKE A FAILS, THEY WILL HAVE TO TAKE A
LOOK AT OTHER FUNDING OPTIONS. LOOK AT OTHER FUNDING OPTIONS.
>>NOW GOVERNOR PENCE WANTED TO >>NOW GOVERNOR PENCE WANTED TO
USE SOME PRIVATE MONEY FOR USE SOME PRIVATE MONEY FOR
PRE-K. PRE-K.
DO YOU THINK THAT WILL HAPPEN? DO YOU THINK THAT WILL HAPPEN?
>>SO GOVERNOR PENCE HAS BEEN >>SO GOVERNOR PENCE HAS BEEN
TOUTING BUSY BEE AS A PROGRAM IN TOUTING BUSY BEE AS A PROGRAM IN
COLUMBUS, AS SORT OF AN EXAMPLE COLUMBUS, AS SORT OF AN EXAMPLE
OF WHAT HE WANTS THE PILOT OF WHAT HE WANTS THE PILOT
PROGRAM TO LOOK LIKE AND THAT’S PROGRAM TO LOOK LIKE AND THAT’S
BEEN FUNDED BY PRIVATE MONEY FOR BEEN FUNDED BY PRIVATE MONEY FOR
A FEW YEARS NOW. A FEW YEARS NOW.
SO WE’LL JUST HAVE TO SEE HOW SO WE’LL JUST HAVE TO SEE HOW
TALKS GO ABOUT THE REST OF THE TALKS GO ABOUT THE REST OF THE
STATE. STATE.
>>WELL, WE WILL FIND OUT >>WELL, WE WILL FIND OUT

About the author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *