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‘Safe’ Lead Levels Lower IQ in Children, Study Finds


April 17, 2003
Thomas H. Maugh II

Lead levels now widely believed to be safe in children actually produce a severe impact on intellectual development, researchers report today. Blood levels of lead below current federal and international guidelines of 10 micrograms per deciliter produce a surprisingly large drop in IQ of up to 7.4 points, a U.S. team reports in today’s New…

Bush’s Head Start plan challenged


April 17, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Nora Achrati

The National Head Start Association, a private, nonprofit group whose members are affiliated with local Head Start programs, said Wednesday that nearly 1 million children could lose some of the program’s services in the next several years under the Bush plan. Wade F. Horn, the assistant secretary who oversees the Head Start program in the…

Reviews are mixed on standards


April 16, 2003
K.C. Howard

Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke presented the latest version of the academic standards, which would replace the contentious Profile of Learning and get Minnesota in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Child advocate stresses education


April 16, 2003
Donna Wright

“Our best hope for a strong future for these children, and ourselves, is an integrated, comprehensive approach covering health and education and nurturing for all children between birth and five,” said David Lawrence, president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation in Miami.

Debate rages over proposal to change Head Start funding


April 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Charles Dianis

President Bush has recommended drastic changes to Head Start that would give states more control of the locally administered program. Supporters of the changes, including Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, say it would make Head Start available to more children, but critics say it would diminish services where they are needed most.

House K-12 proposal tops governor’s in aid — for most


April 15, 2003
Anthony Lonetree

A vast majority of Minnesota school districts would receive more state aid than proposed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty under a $11.96 billion omnibus K-12 finance bill presented by House Republicans on Monday.

Preschool costs up, but teachers’ pay suffers


April 13, 2003
Laura Bruno

New Jersey parents are shelling out thousands of dollars for child care and preschool – straining household budgets more than a college education – yet child care salaries are so low that workers couldn’t afford to send their own children.

Delays plague preschool program for needy children


April 13, 2003
Catherine E. Toth

State officials attributed the delay to rigorous building inspection procedures required of early-education facilities that took longer than expected and required additional construction in some cases.

Pa. secretary of education urges support of budget


April 12, 2003
Jane Elizabeth

A key part of Rendell’s proposal calls for full-day kindergarten for all children; preschool for children in high-poverty districts; and smaller class sizes in grades K-3, starting with the state’s poorest districts.

Paige Announces Award of $6.4 Million in Reading First Grant For Kansas Children


April 11, 2003
Press Release

State slated to receive $41.4 million over six years