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Better teacher pay, a boost in pre-K and other takeaways on the state of public education in Texas


September 21, 2018
Eva-Marie Ayala

State education commissioner Mike Morath celebrated the progress being made in public schools on Thursday but said Texas still has many challenges ahead. Not nearly enough students are college-ready when they leave high school, Morath said during a discussion about the state of public education sponsored by the Dallas Regional Chamber. Districts are doing more…

Running on a new promise for Pre-K


September 21, 2018
Robert Pianta

In the public debates on education issues, it is common to propose solutions to the field’s most entrenched challenges as quick and precise answers to pressing problems; in short, silver bullets. And this is particularly true during election years. Politicians, whether on one side of the aisle or the other, love to make bold appeals…

5 Things to Know About the Education Funding Compromise Moving Through Congress


September 20, 2018
Carolyn Phenicie

A compromise Education Department spending bill, the first year-long funding bill for the department to be passed in nearly a decade, is speeding toward final passage ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline. By a  vote  of 93-7, the Senate on Tuesday passed the bill, a compromise between the two chambers that also funds the Labor and…

Ontario opens door to more public funds for ‘big box’ child care


September 20, 2018
Kristin Rushow and Laurie Monsebraaten

The Ontario government has changed the rules to give profit-making, “big box” daycare operators more access to public funds, raising concerns among advocates that quality will suffer. NDP child care critic Doly Begum raised the issue in the legislature on Wednesday, saying studies show non-profit daycare “offers higher standards of care and better wages for…

RI Gov. Raimondo proposes universal pre-K


September 20, 2018
Sophie Culpepper

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced that she will realize an initiative to fund universal state pre-kindergarten if she is elected for a second term. The announcement was made in a preschool classroom in Pawtucket’s Heritage Park YMCA Sept. 10, two days before Raimondo defeated Matt Brown and Spencer Dickinson in the primary….

Emanuel Confident That Chicago’s Universal Pre-K Program Will Live On After His Exit, but Will Next Mayor Balk at the Price Tag?


September 20, 2018
Taylor Swaak

The abrupt announcement last week that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t seeking re-election has raised questions about whether his sprawling initiative to implement free, universal pre-K will survive once he’s left office. Emanuel, who continues to champion the program’s four-year rollout, is confident it will continue under the next mayor. Early education’s momentum, combined with…

Jeff Bezos is spending $2 billion to help the homeless and educate poor kids. Sounds good. Is it?


September 19, 2018
Valerie Strauss

Amazon founder and CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos announced last week that he and his wife, MacKenzie, plan to spend $2 billion of their fortune to help the homeless and to expand early-childhood education in low-income communities. The $2 billion investment will be the first from what the Bezoses are calling the Bezos Day One Fund….

NJ Governor Murphy Announces $20.6 Million in Preschool Expansion Aid to 31 School Districts


September 19, 2018

TRENTON– Governor Phil Murphy today announced the first round of new Preschool Education Expansion Aid (PEEA) of $20.6 million to 31 eligible districts, which will enhance and expand preschool education programs for more than 2,000 three and four-year-old children across the state. A critical part of creating a stronger and fairer New Jersey, this expansion…

California works to narrow education achievement gap


September 19, 2018
Ricardo Cano

Sweeping reforms to the way California funds its public schools appear to be lifting student achievement, but this state may need to do and spend much more, particularly on early childhood education, if Californians hope to keep up with the rest of the country in closing its “achievement gap.” That’s the takeaway from an extensive…

Mississippi school leader focuses on preschool, teacher help


September 18, 2018
Jeff Amy

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State schools Superintendent Carey Wright focused her pitch to lawmakers Monday on more money for state-funded preschool and more ways to improve teaching and school leadership, barely glancing over the state’s underfunded school formula. Wright asked lawmakers to provide more money for public-private preschool networks, coaches to improve reading instruction, a…