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Editorial: Eyes on the future


June 16, 2003
Kathryn J. Engebretson, Maxwell King and Rebecca W. Rimel

Let's fund early-childhood education to speed kids ahead.

Editorial: Cheating Head Start


June 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

House Republicans are doing a great disservice to the 900,000 poor and minority children enrolled each year in Head Start, the early childhood development program. While everyone can agree on the merits of raising the quality of Head Start teachers, it is unrealistic for Republicans to require bachelor’s degrees of the teachers yet not provide…

Editorial: Fresh Start for Head Start


June 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Since 1965, the federal Head Start program has helped preschoolers in poor and at-risk families get an educational leg up. Yet it reaches only about half of the kids it should, according to studies.

Better pre-school now prevents poverty later


June 15, 2003
Joan Benso

As lawmakers debate a proposal to provide state funding for prekindergarten, full-day kindergarten, and small class sizes, a new report provides at least 400,000 reasons why Pennsylvania needs to fund early childhood education — each of them with a name. The annual Kids Count Data Book, released last week, shows there are at least 400,000…

Schools see kindergarten failures climb


June 15, 2003
Lynette Wilson

The most recent data available from the Louisiana Department of Education indicate the number of northeastern Louisiana children who repeat kindergarten is on the rise. Kindergarten retention rates concern the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Coalition, which is conducting a public awareness campaign aimed at informing parents on how to prepare their children for academic success.

Editorial: A True Head Start


June 14, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Ensure poor children's school readiness with reforms

Budget to strengthen state


June 13, 2003
Chip Scutari and Robbie Sherwood

But critics of $6.4 bil deal predict tax increase

District seeking answers to scores


June 13, 2003 Assessment
David Pescatore

School district committees will try to figure out why a large gap exists in standardized test scores between different race and ethnic groups.

House G.O.P. Drafts Bill to Overhaul Head Start


June 13, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Diana Jean Schemo

In reshaping Head Start, House Republicans on an education subcommittee intend to emphasize the mission to prepare children academically for kindergarten, they said, and to improve coordination between preschool and elementary education. The $6.8 billion bill drops plans to transfer Head Start to the Education Department from the Department of Health and Human Services in…

House Panel Approves Revisions for Head Start


June 13, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michael A. Fletcher

8 States Gain Control; Literacy to Be Focus