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Can Johnny read yet?


June 24, 2003 Assessment
Marjorie Coeyman

Latest US scores tell a mixed story

Leaders promise to fight for funds


June 24, 2003
Kathleen Carroll

New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey told a group of preschool teachers and child advocates that he will continue to expand early childhood programs throughout New Jersey.

School board discusses Universal Preschool Plan


June 24, 2003
Jenn Young

Senate Bill 247 and West Virginia’s state Department of Education Policy 2525 mandate that a universal plan must be in place in the state by 2013.

School-to-Prison Pipeline


June 24, 2003
Bobby Iafolla

Part 1: Do not pass go ... go directly to jail

AmeriCorps Budget Cuts Reduce Critical Education for Children


June 23, 2003

Jumpstart Corps members help preschool children build pre-reading and language skills that are vital to success in school and in life. If the current funding dispute is not addressed, Jumpstart may cease working in up to 80 of its current 120 preschools.

Editorial: A Threat to Head Start


June 23, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Block grant funding would be a bad bargain, even for New Jersey, a state facing a multibillion-dollar deficit and a state court order to provide preschool in its neediest districts. In this state and others faced with budget problems, the temptation would be to use the federal funds to substitute for, not augment, state education…

Editorial: Universal preschool


June 23, 2003 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted

California’s fledgling drive to give all children access to high quality preschool has bumped up against an unavoidable fact: The state doesn’t have any money to spend on big new initiatives, and likely won’t in the immediate future. But where public coffers have run dry, private efforts can fill in around the edges, and they…

Getting off on the right foot


June 23, 2003
Meredith Arndt

If a child has a positive experience in a “high-quality” early education setting, they are more likely to develop better social skills and an improved ability to learn.

Helping Head Start


June 23, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

President Bush wants to give a successful program more oomph. The solution may not come from the states

Opinion: Accountability needs funding


June 23, 2003

What is important is that Louisiana students continue to improve, and that involves a continued commitment to a rigorous program of accountability.