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July 15, 2002 Access • State & Local • Universal and Targeted
Ruling last week on an initiative to provide preschool access to all 4-year-olds, the state’s highest court has left the door open for what could be the most emotionally charged and fiercest fight for the hearts and minds of Florida voters: The education of Florida’s children.
July 15, 2002
Children in Ventura County, California are getting their first preschool experience this summer, in a new four-week program offered at eight schools in the Hueneme Elementary School District. Funded with about $50,000 in Proposition 10 tobacco tax money, the program ties into efforts across California to boost the availability of free early childhood education for…
July 12, 2002
High court OKs pre-K wording
July 12, 2002 Access • Universal and Targeted
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment to expand pre-kindergarten education statewide to 4-year-olds — a measure sponsored by the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Alex Penelas. If the measure is approved, the expanded pre-K program would be phased in by 2005, which Penelas says would allow the…
July 12, 2002 Access • Economics and Finance • Universal and Targeted
Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas cited a recent estimate by a nationally recognized expert in education economics who said an investment in quality pre-kindergarten in Florida would save between $2 billion and $3 billion for each wave of 4-year-olds. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, said the…
July 10, 2002
If they don’t eventually sell their ideas to new sets of decisionmakers, some early-childhood advocates argue forcefully, they will never get what they want: access to school for more children before they reach kindergarten, and higher standards for what they are taught. Forging new alliances—specifically with the nation’s colleges and universities—was a front-and-center theme at…
July 10, 2002 Access • Universal and Targeted
A commission that chooses how to spend tobacco-tax revenues in Los Angeles County is expected to decide next month whether to establish universal access to preschool across the county. Filmmaker and actor Rob Reiner, who serves as the chairman of the state Children and Families Commission, led the campaign to win voter approval of the…
July 10, 2002 Governance and Accountability • State & Local
If influential Senate lawmakers have their way, the Department of Education’s primary research office will get its long-awaited face-lift this year. The $444 million-a-year OERI oversees much of the research, statistics gathering, and technical help subsidized by the department.
July 9, 2002
The findings of a new study on what keeps former welfare recipients in the work force should come as no surprise. “Staying Employed After Welfare” found that a former welfare mother’s ability to stay in the work force is directly linked to the availability of health insurance, affordable child care and a reasonable salary.