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Head Start reforms face serious fight

September 1, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

Head Start is the biggest government-funded early childhood program, but it has always operated outside state control, with funds flowing directly from Washington to local grantees. The Bush administration and the House bill propose to experiment with this arrangement by creating a pilot program allowing up to eight governors, who meet strict eligibility rules, to…

Abbott money puts new life in P’burg schools

August 31, 2003
Linda Lisanti

Officials fear proposals to change system would undo progress made in district.

Hopefuls cite need for pre-K

August 29, 2003
Will Sentell

Seven major contenders for Louisiana governor mostly praised public school classes for 4-year-olds, but offered drastically different plans on details of the state’s approach.

Quebec lags behind in schooling 4-year-olds

August 29, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Allison Lampert

Less than 20% $5 day-care program competes with prekindergarten classes

Study full of praise for pre-k

August 26, 2003 OutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Patti Ghezzi

Georgia’s free, lottery-funded pre-kindergarten programs tend to have better-educated teachers and more consistent quality than private preschools, a state-funded study released Monday says. As a result, children in Georgia pre-k programs are generally better prepared for kindergarten than those in programs not sponsored by the state, the study says.

Column: Reaching Parents Early

August 25, 2003
William Raspberry

I’ve just finished a book called “Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children,” and I am confirmed — in spades! — in something I’d reluctantly come to believe: that it is beyond unrealistic to expect schools to fix children who enter school — even preschool — already behind. Here’s what the authors,…

HOPE looking at change to survive

August 22, 2003
Nancy Badertscher

Panel debates reforms amid fear that scholarships will outpace lottery funds.

The big debate

August 22, 2003
Joline Gutierrez Krueger

Among state leaders, it's how, not whether, to have widespread preschool

Florida Board Backs Retreat on Class Size

August 20, 2003
Abby Goodnough

Florida’s top education officials are seeking a partial repeal of a disputed plan to lower class size, a move that could cost state taxpayers billions of dollars. The State Board of Education voted unanimously today to advocate sharply scaling back the plan, which voters approved as a constitutional amendment last fall.

Daley aims to give poor kids a boost

August 20, 2003
Gary Washburn

Early medical aid, schooling planned