Bobby Jindal Asks Obama for Pre-K Funds, Wants Assurances No Common Core Requirements Involved

September 16, 2014

In a letter to President Obama dated September 11th, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said his state may apply for a federal pre-kindergarten grant of up to $15 million, as long as Obama assures him the funds are not linked to Common Core requirements. Jindal wrote to Obama: The Preschool Development Grants as published in the August 18, 2014, Federal Register…could offer an opportunity for Louisiana to expand access for parents who choose to send their children to early childhood programs. We want to ensure, however, that the grant contains no terms that would require Louisiana to use Common Core-aligned or federally or nationally sanctioned standards in the classrooms of our state’s early childhood program…Please confirm that there are no such conditions. According to The Advocate, the deadline for the application for the funds in October 14th. Last month, Jindal filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating states with federal grant money and regulations that forced them to adopt the Common Core standards. In the lawsuit, Jindal, who once supported the Common Core standards,

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