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Educators to rally for pre-K funding

April 8, 2003
Brendan McGarry

Educators and early education advocates will descend on Albany this week to voice their concerns about the governor’s proposed cuts to UPK, a program that serves about 60,000 students from primarily low-income families.

Lawmakers Balk At Cost of Fed Education Law

April 8, 2003
Pamela M. Prah

Lawmakers in New Hampshire and Hawaii are considering measures that would let their states walk away from footing the bill for the program Bush pushed through Congress, which is commonly known as No Child Left Behind. Iowa, New Jersey, North Dakota, Tennessee and Washington are among states that have resolutions calling for more federal funding…

Mailboxes end admission anxiety

April 6, 2003
Patti Ghezzi

Area private schools sent acceptances on Friday

Pre-Ks fizzle out along with money

April 6, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Leslie Postal

Pre-kindergarten programs in Florida’s public schools are so strapped for money that some may close this year — just as the state gears up to pay for pre-K classes for all 4-year-olds. The job of helping prepare Florida’s youngest children to learn could fall increasingly to private operators, including day-care centers.

Rendell’s school funding proves to be a hard sell

April 6, 2003
Jane Elizabeth

Pennsylvania taxpayers have had a dozen days now to absorb the details of Rendell’s proposal, and some are finding that it affects them a little too personally. The budget proposal was designed to equalize the way schools are funded in Pennsylvania and shift the burden from property owners to wage earners.

Editorial: Preschool Lesson

April 5, 2003 Assessment

Teaching young children basic knowledge is good but don't set test standards

DPS approves preschool fees at 17 locations

April 4, 2003
Monte Whaley

The district says about 4,000 students now take advantage of the tuition-free program.

Study: State schools need $740 million

April 4, 2003
Lisa Deffendall

Authors say that would provide just basic needs

Lawmakers push preschool

April 3, 2003
Lynda Gledhill

Measure mandates kindergarten, funds classes for toddlers

State to fund schools with proven programs

April 3, 2003
Jane Elizabeth

Gov.'s plan to target preschool, class sizes