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Pence And Ritz Chase Federal Dollars

Indiana Governor Mike Pence and State Superintendent of Education Glenda Ritz are asking for federal dollars without the strings.

Last Monday, Ritz, filed a request with the U.S. Department of Education to continue using federal “Title I” education money with flexibility.

Then on Tuesday Governor Mike Pence asked the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant the state an exemption to expand Medicaid using a version of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

If Indiana does not win its education waiver, schools would have to follow strict rules under the No Child Left Behind Act and even if the waiver is granted there will still be restrictions.

Pence wants to use Medicaid money to expand the Healthy Indiana Plan.

As to whether the state will get any of the federal money, that is now up to the feds and it could take months before we know.