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Departing N.Y.C. Schools Chief’s Advice for School Leaders

March 16, 2018
Denisa R. Superville

At the end of the month, Carmen Fariña will wrap up a 52-year career as a New York City educator, rising from an English-learner student in the country’s largest school district to the top job there. “This is the best job I’ve ever had,” said Fariña, who came out of retirement in 2013 to help Mayor…

GOP gubernatorial candidates need to school themselves on education policy

March 15, 2018
Frederick M. Hess and Sofia Gallo

Under President Trump, the action in education has shifted back to the states. This is as it should be, given that spending on K–12 and higher-education accounts for  about a third  of most state budgets. Indeed, education has been a defining issue for such prominent current and recent GOP governors as Brian Sandoval, Rick Scott, Susanna Martinez, Scott…

LA Governor: New focus on youngest children key to education gains

March 15, 2018
Will Sentell

Better preparing children from birth to kindergarten is the key to improving Louisiana’s education achievement, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday. “If you look at where we are as a state, the truth is we do as good a job as anybody in the country from when they enter school,” Edwards said. “The problem in…


March 15, 2018
John Mooney

The date was mostly coincidental, but the scheduling of yesterday’s celebration of New Jersey’s famed court-ordered preschool couldn’t have been timelier. The daylong conference at ETS’s campus in Princeton was ostensibly to mark the 20th anniversary of the state Supreme Court’s Abbott v. Burke ruling in 1998, which brought high-standard preschool to the state’s neediest…

Top 10 Early Childhood Ideas for States in 2018

March 14, 2018
Simon Workman, Katie Hamm, Rasheed Malik, and Cristina Novoa

The American political landscape is increasingly polarized, with almost every issue falling on one side or the other of the partisan divide. 1  There is, however, at least one issue that unites voters across the country: early childhood education. According to a recent poll from the First Five Years Fund, 82 percent of Republicans, 85 percent…

Ohio conference focuses on early education

March 13, 2018
Jessica Holbrook

Educators, experts and community leaders met Friday to focus on Stark County’s youngest residents. The Early Childhood Advantage: A Symposium on School Readiness, held at the Kent State University at Stark campus, is the first conference of its kind. It was organized by the Great Start for Great Futures symposium planning committee and several area…

How States Plan to Use ESSA Funds for Early Learning

March 12, 2018
Marva Hinton

An early-childhood education advocacy group has released a new report on how states are using the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, to leverage federal support for early learning. The report is the latest component of what the  First Five Years Fund  calls an ESSA resource toolkit. Entitled, “ Early Learning In State ESSA Plans – Implementation Snapshot: How States Are Using the Law ,” it breaks down how each state plans to either…

Mississippi needs to invest in high-quality pre-K to help cut crime

March 12, 2018
Mike Ezell

Being the sheriff of Jackson County means having to make a lot of tough decisions. That comes with the territory. Every day, my job requires me to make decisions that I know may put officers’ lives on the line. But I do so with the understanding that their brave work will ensure our communities are…

Why child care costs more than college tuition — and how to make it more affordable

March 9, 2018

Amid the continually rising cost of tuition, the idea of free college has received growing attention over the past few years. For instance, from 2014 to 2017,  35 states took up 80 bills related to free college . Early care and education has also  received attention , but it could be given more, especially when you consider how child care for infants  costs more than tuition at four-year public colleges  in 28 states and the…

Pre-to-3: 20 years of NJ’s Abbott pre-k provides lessons for other states

March 9, 2018
Linda Jacobson

Twenty years ago, the New Jersey Supreme Court mandated that 31 of the state’s most disadvantaged school districts offer free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds. The decision in Abbott v. Burke to include preschool as a remedy in a school finance case set a precedent that justices in North Carolina, South Carolina and several other…