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Pre-k program could face hard lesson in economics


March 2, 2003
Patti Ghezzi

For all its popularity, an air of financial uncertainty is hanging over Georgia’s pre-k program and its higher-profile cousin, the HOPE scholarship.

Teachers give pre-K classes an A, but N.J. wants to dig a little deeper


March 2, 2003 AssessmentState & Local
Toni Callas

It has been five years since the state Supreme Court mandated that the governor provide for preschool programs in 30 special-needs districts. So this year, the New Jersey Department of Education is developing a plan to assess what has been called the most ambitious and expensive preschool program in the country, education experts said.

Democrats wary of state control for Head Start


February 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

President Bush’s plan to give states control of the federal Head Start preschool program would dismantle it instead, say two Democratic senators and a child advocacy group. One of the most important aspects of Head Start is that the money goes right to the communities, bypassing state officials, said Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat….

From the Beginning … There Needs to be Light!


February 28, 2003 English Language Learners
Mayra Rodríguez Valladares

Teachers, experts and community leaders agree that it is almost impossible for Latino children to break the cycle of poverty unless their education starts at a very early age. While efforts exist to provide children with early education through programs such as Head Start, the majority of Latino children often do not enter schools until…

Column: Hijacking the Future


February 27, 2003
Bob Herbert

The New York City schools chancellor, Joel Klein, told state legislators this week that if the governor’s proposals stood, the city would have to increase class sizes in kindergarten through third grade and eliminate its successful pre-kindergarten program, which took four years to develop and serves 43,000 students. The kids who would be hurt most…

Editorial: Head Start / When ‘reform’ isn’t reform


February 27, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

The biggest problem facing Head Start is a lack of funding. Two in five eligible children can’t enroll for lack of space.

Education group urges large aid hike


February 27, 2003
Nancy C. Rodriguez

$892 million more per year needed for Kentucky schools, council says

Overhaul of Head Start worries some children’s advocates


February 27, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Meredith May

At the Berkeley-Albany Head Start program, Pamm Shaw has helped hundreds of the East Bay’s poorest children get ready for kindergarten. But now that President Bush is proposing a major overhaul to the federal Head Start program — turning it into a literacy program run by the states — Shaw and a growing coalition of…

Overhaul would move funds to poor schools


February 27, 2003
Anand Vaishnav

Governor Mitt Romney yesterday proposed revamping Massachusetts’ school-financing formula, shifting millions to schools with many poor or limited-English students in an attempt to equalize the minimum amount of tax dollars each community ends up spending on its public schools. The governor’s recommendations for Chapter 70, the school-financing equation, represent the latest attempt to change the…

Silver urges pre-K mandate


February 27, 2003
Rick Karlin

Albany -- Amendment would end yearly funding battle, lawmaker says