Texas Skipped Over for Common Core Pre-K Grant

Dec 11, 2014 by

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“Today’s Good News: Texas Skipped Over for Common Core Pre-K Grant”

by Donna Garner

12.11.14

 

TODAY’S GOOD NEWS:  Texas was just skipped over by the U. S. Dept. of Education for a federal Pre-K Grant. Texas does not need Obama’s Common Core for Pre-K with its “carrot and stick” federal control!

 

According to today’s Dallas Morning News article, the USDOE evidently did not like the Texas Education Agency’s grant application because it included a parental choice component and a refusal to test Pre-K students with a USDOE-approved test.

 

To gain more background information on the Pre-K grant, please read the article that I posted on 9.24.14 which also contains Merrill Hope’s Breitbart Texas article on the same subject:  “Texas Ed Commissioner Promises No Obama Pre-K” –by Donna Garner –  http://www.educationviews.org/texas-ed-comm-williams-promises-obama-pre-k/

 

Below are excerpts from today’s article in the Dallas Morning News which should make Texans rejoice. Texas is perfectly capable of designing its own cost-effective Pre-K program and does not need the federal government to shackle our Pre-K children to the Obama administration’s Common Core social justice ideology. 

 

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12.11.14 – Dallas Morning News

 

“Texas Skipped Over for Federal Pre-K Grant”

 

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20141211-texas-skipped-over-for-federal-pre-k-grant.ece

 

By EVA-MARIE AYALA eayala@dallasnews.com

Staff Writer

Excerpts from this article:

Texas did not secure a federal grant that could have meant $120 million to expand preschool offerings in the state.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 18 states grants totaling $226 million.

Some education advocates said Texas’ application was flawed.

“We are disappointed Texas missed out on this opportunity to secure federal funds to increase quality of pre-K programs for targeted districts — the voucher component in the application was an ill-considered addition that certainly didn’t help our cause,” said David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas.

But Education Commissioner Michael Williams issued a statement saying the state’s application reflected the belief that Texas “could build upon an established foundation of high-quality pre-K programs by expanding, enhancing and providing greater parental choice.”

Texas lost points with grant reviewers for several reasons, including not having strong assessments to measure outcomes and proposing plans that would mean families would have to pay tuition after the grant ran out.

Texas will receive about $30 million from Health and Human Services Department grants to expand and improve Early Head Start programs through child care partnerships. That includes about $4.2 million for Dallas-area programs and $900,000 for Fort Worth.

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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