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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

Making the case for early childhood education


July 8, 2002
Jessica Wehrman

Once overshadowed by primary and secondary education, early childhood education has edged into the limelight in recent years. Sharon Lynn Kagan, a professor of early childhood and family policy at the Teachers College at Columbia University, said repeated studies have shown the difference good early learning experiences make.

Editorial: Welfare re-reform / Encourage work, but preserve flexibility


July 7, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the Work, Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (WORK) Act of 2002, which addresses most of the criticisms of the House Bill. The Senate version provides $30 million for at-home infant care.

Job Track or ‘Mommy Track’?


July 5, 2002
Louis Uchitelle

Some Do Both, in Phases

Editorial: Reforming welfare


July 4, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

At the current, inadequate funding level, federal child-care assistance covers only one in seven eligible children of low-income working parents. It makes no sense to increase the need for such assistance by insisting that more welfare recipients enter the work force without providing the additional dollars necessary to make it feasible.

Schooling from age two puts strain on French system


July 1, 2002
Grace Sung

Pressure on France's pre-school system has the experts arguing: Does catching them young improve a kid's chances?

Senate Panel Approves Welfare Bill


June 27, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Amy Goldstein

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation yesterday to revise the nation’s welfare system. The measure would restore two forms of help to legal immigrants and provide more money for child care — although not as much as many Democrats want.

More schools try to give 4-year-olds extra edge


June 16, 2002 OutcomesState & Local
Charles Lussier

Louisiana is six months into a major expansion of its previously limited commitment to preschool. Educational research from states offering similar programs suggests that students who enroll in pre-kindergarten, especially children who live in poor families, have an advantage over others who wait until kindergarten or later.