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Pa. education clash enters key week


June 23, 2003
Dale Mezzacappa and Mario F. Cattabiani

GOP legislators are not sold on Gov. Rendell's plans to fund major new initiatives. A budget must be passed by June 30.

Student scores show progress, but critics question price


June 23, 2003
Maia Davis

At a time when state aid has been nearly flat for two years and property taxes are rising, the questions that have long swirled around Abbott and its massive expenditures are becoming more urgent.

A proactive plan for preschools


June 22, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Fran Wood

So last week, the organization [NOW] launched “the family initiative,” a long-term, nationwide campaign to provide universal, affordable child care — quality day care for infants, preschool education for toddlers, productive after-school programs for elementary-schoolers. Long-term, says Rutgers professor Steve Barnett, a member of the NOW Legal Defense board, the goal is not to scrap…

Editorial: Father of Head Start warns of weakness in Bush plans


June 22, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Edward F. Zigler

How strong Head Start is depends upon a single factor: how good the quality is invested in the Head Start program model and how well the program is implemented at the local level. The evidence is overwhelming; the magnitude of positive outcomes is directly related to the quality of the program.

Officials tout changes to Head Start program


June 21, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Karen Hoffmann

A local congressman and a federal official said yesterday that a bill introduced this week to reauthorize Head Start would increase funding for the preschool program and make it more accountable for getting children ready for school. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, a co-sponsor of the House legislation, and Wade Horn, assistant secretary for…

Funding, preschool issues vex region


June 19, 2003
Mary E. O’Leary

Two-thirds of the citizens who studied the issue thought preschool should be available to all 3- and 4-year-olds.

Eastside Lacks Child Programs, Report Finds


June 18, 2003
Carla Rivera

Too few day-care and preschool programs in L.A.'s growing suburbs could put youngsters at a disadvantage, the UC study says.

Editorial: Remember the children


June 18, 2003

Utah can be proud that it ranks third nationwide for the well-being of children.

Head Start Legislation Clears House Panel


June 18, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michelle R. Davis

The Republican-supported Head Start bill now moves on to the full Education and the Workforce Committee. Though a hearing has not yet been scheduled, debate over a proposal to give some states Head Start money directly is expected to continue.

State budget likely to go past 6/30 deadline


June 18, 2003
Chris Brennan

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is not willing to give up a key trio of statewide education initiatives – pre-kindergarten, full-day kindergarten and smaller class sizes.