WASHINGTON — The nation's governors peppered President Barack Obama on Monday with questions about energy, education and the federal budget deficit, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said as he left the meeting at the White House.
The hourlong session with the president was the capstone to the three-day National Governors Association's winter meeting. Heineman, a Republican, is chairman of the association.
Education was one of the meeting's central topics, Heineman told The World-Herald.
Heineman said he and the president share goals of raising academic standards, eliminating achievement gaps and increasing parental involvement.
He said he understands how the president is trying to work on that through his Race to the Top program but said he's concerned about that approach resulting in only a few states getting the bulk of federal funding. He said that money should go to all states, and without a bunch of mandates.
"I'd prefer they'd give the money with fewer strings attached," Heineman said.
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