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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:57 am

Pence recommits to vouchers in private-school visit

By Jamie Duffy The Journal Gazette

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reaffirmed his commitment to the state's school voucher program and tax-credit scholarships for private schools Tuesday while visiting fourth graders at St. Charles Borromeo School.

The school visit was part of a trip from Indianapolis that included a later stop at General Motors' Fort Wayne truck assembly plant, where a $1.2 billion planned investment was announced.

The governor appeared relaxed as he took the microphone in the school gymnasium to answer questions students prepared in advance. Fourth-grade teacher Rita Sordelet surmised that the 93 fourth graders had been chosen because that is the year students study Indiana history.

Pence referred to that fourth-grade subject at his introduction when he also referred to St. Charles Borromeo as one of the "best schools in the state of Indiana."

It is also the school where three children of State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) attend and seven of his nieces and nephews, all present in the gym. Morris was there along with State Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne); Marsha Jordan, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Fort Wayne- South-Bend; and Monsignor John Suelzer, St. Charles Borromeo Church pastor, along with school officials. 

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jduffy@jg.net