Six States Receive Race to the Trough Early Learning Challenge Money


The Associated Press reports that six states: Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont have won a combined $280 million in government grants in order to improve birth-to-five early learning programs.  These states must show “a willingness to carry out comprehensive improvements to programs focused on children from birth to age 5.”

Later today we’ll learn what each state promised to do in return for their slice of the federal grant.  Thirteen states were awarded this grant last year.

Two thoughts: 1. Making kindergarten more “rigorous” (stressful) due to the Common Core State Standards will be used as a push for eventually making pre-school compulsory.  I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that’s the road we’re headed down.  2.  It makes no sense for Governors, like Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, to distance themselves from the Common Core if they’re just going to getting into bed with the Feds for more money.

Governors that crow about a Federal encroachment into education should no longer apply for grants such as these that have strings attached.

2 thoughts on “Six States Receive Race to the Trough Early Learning Challenge Money

  1. a bit of humor: Does the piggy in the middle represent Chris Christie of NJ?

    He’s not so “conservative” as he stated himself, is he? Since he’s taking all that Fed money to patch up budget holes of NJ.

    He did the same thing with Obamacare and expension of Medicaid in NJ..


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