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Comment: Pre-kindergarten funds too important

May 12, 2003
Rebecca Barrera

In Texas, one out of every two preschoolers has been identified as at-risk.

Easley’s More at Four struggles to fill slots

May 12, 2003
Trish Wilson

Program stymied by space, delays

Editorial: Flunking kindergarten

May 12, 2003

State must help more children succeed

Foundations focus on early education

May 12, 2003
Patricia Swanson

The Pew Charitable Trusts is so convinced of the value of such programs that it has diverted much of its educational funding to early childhood development. Last year, Pew granted $5.3 million to establish the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

Researchers say every $1 spent early education saves $6-7 later

May 12, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Tim Eaton

Researchers say that money spent on young children is a hedge against much larger amounts spent later in life on welfare, government-funded medical care and prison.

State budget debate ‘a meltdown’ to senators

May 12, 2003
Karen Addy

The Education Finance Act motion was tabled, as was a measure to restore funding for First Steps, a successful preschool program that has seen its funding slashed in half this year.

Opinion: Head Start Plan Shortchanges Kids

May 11, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

The Bush Administration Plan Would End Up Spending More Money On Bureaucracy And Less On Children.

Riley plan could face GOP opposition

May 9, 2003
Sallie Owen and Bill Barrow

Gov. Riley asks Legislature to consider plan that some say would raise taxes up to $1.2 billion

Senate panel kills voucher proposals

May 9, 2003
Laura Maggi

Low-income families won't get school options

Head Start reform still undefined

May 8, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

The Head Start reauthorization bill upcoming in the House will probably contain key Bush administration reforms, though not exactly what the White House has proposed, a House Republican said yesterday. “There’s still room for improvement” in the $6.6 billion federal Head Start program, said Rep. Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican and chairman of the House…