September 12, 2007

What about the Kids?

30 districts in Iowa had their preschool application grants thrown away. The reason: failure to double space. The districts, hoping to share $14.6 million in state funding, were asked to answer in a double-spaced narrative how they would use the funds.

An appeal to the Iowa Department of Education by one superintendent was turned down.

"We told them up front," said Carol Greta, legal counsel for the department of education who testified before a legislative panel looking into the spacing issue. "If you want the public's money, follow the rules."