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Pence speaks in Fort Wayne on plan for stronger families, schools

Gov. Mike Pence outlined his plans to improve the well-being of Hoosier families Thursday, telling a Fort Wayne audience that strengthening families will strengthen Indiana.

Pence visited the Fort Wayne Boys & Girls Club, where he shared his “2014 Roadmap” in front of bleachers filled with charter school students.

The roadmap calls for vouchers for pre-K education for low-income families, a voucher-like program to make up the pay gap for teachers who want to move from public schools to under-performing schools or charter schools that have mostly poor students, increased income tax exemptions for dependent children, a state tax credit for adoption and increased vocational training.

He also said the state must focus on lowering its infant mortality rate, currently the 6th worst in America.

“We’re not talking about numbers, we’re talking about heartbreak,” Pence said. “Each one of these is an example of inexplicable pain.”

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