CONCORD – Attorney General John Formella is considering what to do next about Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington’s request that he investigate PragerU, the company that applied to sell the state an online financial literacy course for students.
Warmington, D-Concord, who is running for governor, made the request at the Governor and Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
Warmington said at the council meeting that PragerU also goes by “Prager University,” when it is not an accredited institution.
Warmington told Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut at the council meeting that state law, under RSA:292 prohibits any corporation from using the word “University” if it is not an incorporated institution of higher learning.
Formella’s spokesman said Friday that Formella is aware of Warmington’s request.
“We are aware of the Executive Councilor’s concern and are in the process of determining what next steps might be appropriate,” Garrity said.
On Aug. 10, the state Board of Education tabled an application by PragerU Kids to offer an online course on financial literacy until additional information is provided.
The board meets again Sept. 14.
The financial literacy course would have easy access to other Prager videos that some organizations classify as misleading on climate change, slavery and racism, immigration, history of fascism and its anti-LGBTQ bent, critics said.
On its website, PragerU Kids says it teaches “American Values” while “Woke agendas are infiltrating classrooms, culture and social media.”
The program was founded by conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager and uses conservative pundits and activists along with Republican National Committee members to tout its conservative philosophy in its videos it offers free to schools.