Editorial: Indiana lawmakers need focus on kids


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Indiana pays dearly for its reluctance to invest in its youngest residents.

State officials can improve life for all Hoosiers by making child-related issues their top priority. Indiana legislators have their chance now that the General Assembly has convened in Indianapolis. The importance of other topics pale in comparison, and they should resist ideological diversions.

Gov. Mike Pence wants a voucher program for low-income kids to attend pre-school, and the Legislature should make it happen in this session. Its adoption should also include a firm timeline to implement the next crucial step in early childhood education — a pre-kindergarten program for all 4-year-olds in Indiana. It’s also time for Indiana to lower its mandatory age for school attendance from 7 to 5, and abandon the optional status of kindergarten.

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