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Education law tries thin state budgets

July 31, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Critics predict the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act could also help power a new wave of costly lawsuits against the states challenging the allocation of state education funds, and in turn by the states against the federal government. Chief among the law’s requirements are annual student testing, training and hiring qualified teachers, and school…

HOPE faces money crunch

July 31, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
James Salzer

Estimates project funds gap

Governor forms early childhood council

July 30, 2003
Chris Lafortune

On July 24, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law the formation of a statewide early childhood council that brings together agencies and organizations that focus on early childhood education statewide.

Pre-kindergarten programs on rise in Maine schools

July 30, 2003
Nancy Jacobson

Over the last five years, the number of pre-kindergarten programs in Maine public schools has increased from 27 to 78 programs.

Senators Offer Alternatives to House Idea on Head Start

July 30, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Diana Jean Schemo

Senate Democrats and a Republican are offering separate proposals for revising the federal Head Start program, neither of which adopts the most controversial change in the version the House passed last week: permitting eight states to take over the program. But it carries a hefty price tag, raising the authorization to $16 billion by 2008,…

Editorial: Pre-k, Head Start should be sharing, not competing

July 29, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Even Head Start’s most ardent supporters concede that the educational component of the federal early childhood program needs strengthening. In Georgia, the most efficient and effective way to do that would be merging Head Start with the state’s pre-kindergarten.

Camps introduce children to school

July 28, 2003
Susan Snyder

With more and more children already exposed to classroomlike settings through preschool and day care, the Philadelphia School District has decided that there is a need to acclimate those entering kindergarten without such experience. The district has started a six-week program this summer, called Pre-Kindercamp, for children who have had little or no preschool experience….

Editorial: School supplies

July 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

As the Bush administration’s embattled plans for Head Start reform move to the Senate, this much remains largely undisputed: Hiring better-trained teachers and encouraging staff to pursue higher degrees should benefit the program’s more than 900,000 preschool children. That’s the way to ensure that the building blocks of literacy and math are taught using up-to-date…

Kentucky exempt from plan to let some states take over Head Start

July 27, 2003
Nancy C. Rodriguez

Kentucky was among at least eight states that likely would have qualified to conduct pilot programs allowing them to take over the federal program and merge it with their preschool and child-care initiatives.

Preschool cutbacks bring a stern caution

July 27, 2003 Economics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
John McElhenny

Eliminating funds called shortsighted