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Education Feels States’ Financial Squeeze

March 26, 2003
Pamela M. Prah with Jason White

Education consistently ranks as a top priority for American voters, but that hasn’t spared it from the chopping block as state lawmakers struggle to balance their budgets. At least 20 states have targeted this crown jewel of public services, a sure sign of just how bad the states’ fiscal crunch has become.

Planning together

March 26, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Karen Garrison

Special Ed co-op and playschool work together

Rendell pitches higher and lower taxes

March 26, 2003
Mario F. Cattabiani and Dale Mezzacappa

The governor proposed raising the income levy to reduce property taxes. The goal: Improving education.

Fitchburg early childhood ed chief opposes program cuts

March 26, 2003
Benjamin Cole

Through the Community Partnership Program, parents are able to choose a preschool in the city and pay the tuition based on a sliding scale according to the family income.

Grade goes up for Kansas City children, but budget cuts are a worry

March 25, 2003
Mara Rose Williams

The report card, released today, determines the well-being of children by looking at five benchmarks: safety and security, health, early education, education and teen years.

House turns down prekindergarten bill

March 25, 2003
Michael Rowett and Michael R. Wickline

The Arkansas House of Representatives rejected a bill Monday to mandate prekindergarten programs in school districts that are failing academically.

Early ed bill gets teachers’ nod

March 24, 2003
Patrice Sawyer

Legislation would create study of state preschool programs

Editorial: Education budgets / Cuts at the edges threaten core

March 24, 2003

Although Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he is trying to spare K-12 education from massive cuts, even some of the smaller ones will have an impact. Continued funding for early childhood education, for example, may be in jeopardy, yet studies show that preschool investments reap huge returns as students progress through school.

Editorial: Stand and deliver

March 24, 2003

Rendell and Pa. legislators must do just that to improve public education.

Picard: TOPS needs accountability

March 23, 2003
Will Sentell

Picard also contends that the state should move some of the money spent on the Tuition Opportunity Program for Students — known as TOPS — to help finance classes for 4-year-olds.