Now that the application deadline has been extended, Indiana school Superintendent Glenda Ritz is urging Governor Mike Pence to go after an $80 million preschool grant.
Ritz says the grant is a, "once in a decade opportunity for Indiana to invest in a sustainable early childhood infrastructure."
Pence released a statement in response, "While I respect the views of those who support applying for federal Pre-K funding, I stand by my decision. Federal funding does not guarantee success. This is not about the money, it's about our children and we have an obligation to get it right."
Vanderburgh is one of five counties that was selected for a pilot pre-K program in Indiana.
The program, which is meant to help prepare low income 4-year-olds for success in school, is set to launch next year.