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Preschool cutbacks bring a stern caution

July 27, 2003 Economics and FinanceQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & Local
John McElhenny

Eliminating funds called shortsighted

Head Start Overhaul Heads to Senate

July 25, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
The Associated Press

Bill to Overhaul Head Start Program Going to Senate After Gaining House Approval

Summertime: Is the Living Too Easy?

July 25, 2003
Jane Quinn

Research indicates that all young people experience significant learning losses during the summer break from school, and that the magnitude of these declines varies by grade level, subject matter and family income. For example, low-income children show greater academic declines than do their more affluent peers.

Coffee capital eyes tax on ‘designer drinks’

July 24, 2003 Economics and Finance
Dean Paton

A ballot measure will test whether Seattlites will accept a 10-cent tax on coffee to fund early childhood education.

Court allows N.J. to freeze Abbott funds

July 24, 2003
Melanie Burney and Angela Couloumbis

The neediest districts will need to trim their budgets.

Head Start: finding the learning curve

July 24, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Wendy Y. Lawton

Rhetoric on both sides is overblown, says Steve Barnett, head of the National Institute for Early Education Research, a nonpartisan think tank at Rutgers University. Head Start teachers should be better-qualified, he said, but also should be paid more.

Opinion: Connecting the dots for poor children

July 24, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Jack P. Shonkoff

A nation that does not promote the parenting skills of its young families, particularly in the face of economic hardship and limited education, undermines its own future. This requires good parenting, which can be taught, and reliable and competent care from other adults when parents are at work, which can be assured through a child…

Rigidity in Florida and the Results

July 23, 2003 Assessment
Michael Winerip

This spring, 23 percent of Florida third graders, or 43,000 youngsters, failed the FCAT test and, under the state’s new retention policy, were slated to be held back. Of the 1,715 third graders who attended the summer reading program here in Orange County, only 15 percent passed, and it now appears that four to five…

Senate committee holds hearing on Head Start program

July 23, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Morgan Evans

The debate at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee centered around President Bush’s proposal to give states more control over the $6 billion, 38-year-old program. Under a bill the House is expected to vote on Wednesday, states would have to “generally meet” federal Head Start standards.

Budget stalemate has cut funding

July 23, 2003
Diana Walsh

Day care threatened for hundreds of thousands of kids