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Klein Warns Of Cutbacks if State Trims Aid to Schools

February 26, 2003
Winnie Hu

In his first testimony before state legislators, the New York City schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, said today that he would have to eliminate an early education program for 43,000 students and significantly increase elementary class sizes if legislators adopted the governor’s education proposals. Last month, Gov. George E. Pataki proposed $1.2 billion in education…

Poll: 55% OK with tax for preschool programs

February 26, 2003
Traci Shurley

More than half of 700 likely voters surveyed this month say they would pay higher taxes if the state could provide preschool for all 3- and 4-yearolds at no additional charge, a survey released this week said.

Programs for Tots Vie for Funds, Support

February 25, 2003
Jay Mathews

In the past few years, while child advocates have promoted the Zero to Three movement to aid early brain development, many state governments have been calling for politically popular universal preschool. In a perfect world, there would be enough money for both, but the early childhood advocates say they are beginning to worry that their…

Parents worried about state cuts

February 23, 2003
Laura A. Bischoff

To save nearly $200 million in the next two years, the state is cutting child-care assistance to low-income parents of 15,000 children and eliminating 4,000 slots in Head Start, an education program for low-income preschoolers. The state subsidizes child care for low-income working parents as a way to help them stay off welfare.

Group wants to rate preschool programs

February 21, 2003
Salatheia Bryant

The rating would be based on such factors as child-teacher ratio and teacher qualifications and experience.

Head Start facing drastic cuts under Taft plan

February 21, 2003
Kristy Foster

The county’s Head Start program may lose 90 percent of its state funding meaning drastic cuts for the program if a proposal by Governor Bob Taft is accepted by state legislators. The plan, if accepted, will cut the number of slots available in the county for the preschool program from 207 state-funded spots to 17,…

Providers in county fear state’s actions

February 21, 2003
Melanie Turner

Gov. Davis wants to transfer the administration of more than $8 billion of various state programs to counties and raise money for the programs through tax increases.

Bill on Head Start program gets hearing

February 20, 2003
Joanne Yuan

The proposal would offer pre-kindergarten to low-income families.

Gov: W-2 shift good for babies

February 20, 2003
Matt Pommer

The change is among welfare to work (W-2) program changes proposed by Doyle in his biennial state budget.

At-risk children may lose early learning aid

February 19, 2003

About $9 million in federal funding through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families fund could end this summer, and state education officials are looking for ways to replace the money.