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Opinion: Connecting the dots for poor children

July 24, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Jack P. Shonkoff

A nation that does not promote the parenting skills of its young families, particularly in the face of economic hardship and limited education, undermines its own future. This requires good parenting, which can be taught, and reliable and competent care from other adults when parents are at work, which can be assured through a child…

Rigidity in Florida and the Results

July 23, 2003 Assessment
Michael Winerip

This spring, 23 percent of Florida third graders, or 43,000 youngsters, failed the FCAT test and, under the state’s new retention policy, were slated to be held back. Of the 1,715 third graders who attended the summer reading program here in Orange County, only 15 percent passed, and it now appears that four to five…

Senate committee holds hearing on Head Start program

July 23, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Morgan Evans

The debate at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee centered around President Bush’s proposal to give states more control over the $6 billion, 38-year-old program. Under a bill the House is expected to vote on Wednesday, states would have to “generally meet” federal Head Start standards.

Budget stalemate has cut funding

July 23, 2003
Diana Walsh

Day care threatened for hundreds of thousands of kids

D.C. Tests Poorly in Reading, Writing

July 23, 2003
Justin Blum

Urban Students' Scores Compared

Panel Funds ‘Universal’ Preschool

July 23, 2003 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Carl Ingram

A commission led by director Rob Reiner earmarks $100 million in Proposition 10 cigarette tax money to serve children under 5.

Majette joins fight over Head Start

July 22, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Melanie Eversley

Bill urges full federal funding

Head Start may undergo changes

July 21, 2003
Peter Johnson

Local teacher believes health, socialization need attention

Kindergarten literacy push has some teachers worried

July 21, 2003 AssessmentWorkforce
Maureen Magee

[A] recent study by teachers found the districtwide push to get kindergartners reading has some teachers overusing the exam – administering it monthly in some cases – and pressuring children and parents to meet literacy benchmarks. Fearful the San Diego school district’s literacy drive is turning its youngest students off to school, a group of…

Column: Early childhood initiative might be effective, but . . .

July 19, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Linda Seebach

Susan Urahn, director of educational programs for the Pew Charitable Trusts, visited the News earlier this week to talk about the trusts’ initiative on early childhood education, which they call “Starting Early, Starting Strong.” Their goal is to promote access to “high-quality prekindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds.”