Posted: Sep 27, 2013 3:01 PM
Updated: Sep 27, 2013 3:01 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana won't apply for $44 million in federal grant money available to the state for early childhood education programs.
Superintendent of Education John White made the decision and notified Chas Roemer, who is the president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Several groups urged White to apply, saying the money would help with ongoing efforts to strengthen early childhood programs.
White wrote that federal education funding has become a "flashpoint" in local political debates. He says seeking the grant could distract from work on improving early childhood education.
Tea party supporters are trying to pressure White to reverse Louisiana's use of national testing standards, calling them a tool of federal coercion.