Preschool funding application approved by Jindal
BATON ROUGE - A dispute over the Common Core education standards won't sideline Louisiana's application for up to $15 million in federal grant money for pre-kindergarten programs.
With a Tuesday deadline looming, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced that the Republican governor will agree to support Louisiana's grant application for the money.
Jindal spokeswoman Shannon Bates said Monday that Education Superintendent John White made it clear that the money won't be used to support use of the Common Core standards.
Jindal opposes the math and English standards adopted by more than 40 states as an attempt by the Obama administration to take control over local education policy.
White supports Common Core, and the standards are used in Louisiana's public school classrooms.
The governor and superintendent had spent days exchanging letters over the grant funding.
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