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Editorial: Smoke and Mirrors on Head Start

July 11, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

The House bill includes an experiment in which up to eight states would receive Head Start money in block grants subject to the governors’ control. The statute bars governors from moving state funds out of early childhood education but fails to mention federal funds.

Illinois boosts education funding by $384.5 million

July 9, 2003

The new budget increases spending on early childhood education by $30 million.

Some education programs in peril

July 9, 2003
Ed Anderson

AmeriCorps cuts would hurt La., Blanco says

Bush Seeks Big Changes in Head Start, Drawing Criticism From Program’s Supporters

July 8, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Elisabeth Bumiller

President Bush called today for a major overhaul of Head Start, the popular Lyndon Johnson-era preschool program for poor children, that would add an academic focus to its traditional emphasis on health and nutrition and give some states the right to control its financing. Mr. Bush spoke in support of a bill in the House…

Bush Spells Out Head Start Changes

July 8, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Amy Goldstein and Valerie Strauss

President Aims to Counter Criticism Of State Control, Testing Proposals

Editorial: Starting Faster

July 7, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Head Start, the venerable preschool program for low-income children, is due for reauthorization, and debate about reform has already begun in Congress. [M]ost of what Head Start really needs — higher academic standards, better-educated teachers and the ability to reach more children — will cost more, not less.

Advocates pushing to keep Head Start

July 6, 2003
Jacob Santini

Debate over the nearly 40-year-old Head Start comes as federal lawmakers prepare to reauthorize the $6.5 billion program.

Opinion: Hatch leading way to improve child-care assistance

July 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Rick Dinse

Child care is a good investment. Rutgers University economist Steven Barnett estimated that one quality preschool program in Michigan produced nearly $150,000 per child in savings from reduced crime.

House Bill Would Leave 3 of 4 Hispanic Children Behind

July 3, 2003 English Language LearnersGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

Nearly three-quarters of a million at-risk Hispanic children in California, Texas, Arizona and the rest of the United States would be left unserved by the successful Head Start program under a controversial U.S. House bill that may come to a vote shortly after the July 4th holiday weekend, according to national and state-level Head Start…

Opinion: Cuts Hurt Kids Most, But We’ll All Pay Later

July 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

Investing in Early Childhood Education Would Promote Learning and Save Taxpayer Money in the Long Run