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A Battle Over Preschool Education Looms


July 15, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Michael Peltier

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.

Preschool Provides Preview of the ABCs of Kindergarten


July 15, 2002
By Jenifer Ragland

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…

Amendment approved for ballot


July 12, 2002
David Twiddy

High court OKs pre-K wording

High court OK’s ballot language for Dade mayor’s pre-K proposal


July 12, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Elaine de Valle

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…

Universal preschool approved for ballot


July 12, 2002 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Cathi Carr

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…

Early-Childhood Advocates Seek A Stronger Alliance With Higher Ed.


July 10, 2002
Sean Cavanagh

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…

L.A. Panel Set to Vote On Preschool-for-All Plan


July 10, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Linda Jacobson

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…

Senate May Vote on Overhaul of OERI Before Fall Elections


July 10, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Debra Viadero

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.

How to help welfare moms find success


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.

Preschools are popping at the seams


July 9, 2002 Quality and Curriculum
Laurent Belsie

New census data show pre-K enrollment is soaring, although some question the quality of instruction