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Opinion: Reinventing Head Start


July 17, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
U.S. Representative Michael N. Castle

For 38 years, disadvantaged children have had the valuable assistance of Head Start, an important federal program that has helped prepare children to enter kindergarten by providing health, nutrition and hygiene services as well as teaching pre-kindergarten basics. Unfortunately, the Head Start program has changed very little to adapt to a new academic environment and,…

School officials weigh in on state budget


July 17, 2003
Asher Pimpleton

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm called the agreement the most “pro-education budget in the state’s history.”

Head Start advocates oppose national plan


July 17, 2003
Jenny Robertson

Ky. designated to take over preschool program

Governor joins in $6 billion gala


July 16, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
D. Aileen Dodd

Clad in a money-green suit, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday flashed the grin of a grand prize winner as he accepted a $6 billion check commemorating the money the state lottery has paid to Georgia students. Since 1993, more than $6 billion generated from lottery sales has funded educational programs, including $2.5 billion shared by…

Leading Authority Disputes Child Care Statements


July 16, 2003 Outcomes
Steve Barnett

NIEER Director Steve Barnett said the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, indicates, as does other research, that child care can lead to increased behavior problems. “However, other rigorous studies find that high quality programs for even very young children can have the…

$410 million for education gets backing


July 15, 2003 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Michael Rowett

By the end of its six-hour session Monday, the [Joint Committee on Educational Adequacy] had adopted — with the caveat that the figures aren’t final and could change — key parts of an educational adequacy model recommended by consultants Larry Picus of the University of Southern California and Allan Odden of the University of Wisconsin…

Lottery isn’t always a boon to schools


July 15, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Marjorie Coeyman

The selling point for state lotteries was that they would steer money to education. The actual results are a bit more mixed.

Editorial: Preschool helping kids


July 14, 2003

State did a wise thing in picking up Feds' slack on funding for programs.

Head Start critics want change before study


July 14, 2003 Outcomes

Results from $28M project examining program's impact not complete until 2006

In battle over Head Start, Minnesota might be on pilot program front


July 14, 2003
Jean Hopfensperger

The bill would, among other things, allow some states to combine Head Start funds with state preschool dollars in pilot projects.