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Overhaul would move funds to poor schools


February 27, 2003
Anand Vaishnav

Governor Mitt Romney yesterday proposed revamping Massachusetts’ school-financing formula, shifting millions to schools with many poor or limited-English students in an attempt to equalize the minimum amount of tax dollars each community ends up spending on its public schools. The governor’s recommendations for Chapter 70, the school-financing equation, represent the latest attempt to change the…

Silver urges pre-K mandate


February 27, 2003
Rick Karlin

Albany -- Amendment would end yearly funding battle, lawmaker says

Teacher training courses enjoy rapid growth at KVTC


February 27, 2003
Doug Harlow

Enrollment in training courses at Kennebec Valley Technical College for a career in education continues to swell, just three years after the courses were introduced, according to college officials.

Asselin: Fund youth programs


February 26, 2003 Outcomes
Joe Rankin

Skowhegan police chief ready for Washington lobbying trip

Klein Warns Of Cutbacks if State Trims Aid to Schools


February 26, 2003
Winnie Hu

In his first testimony before state legislators, the New York City schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, said today that he would have to eliminate an early education program for 43,000 students and significantly increase elementary class sizes if legislators adopted the governor’s education proposals. Last month, Gov. George E. Pataki proposed $1.2 billion in education…

Poll: 55% OK with tax for preschool programs


February 26, 2003
Traci Shurley

More than half of 700 likely voters surveyed this month say they would pay higher taxes if the state could provide preschool for all 3- and 4-yearolds at no additional charge, a survey released this week said.

Programs for Tots Vie for Funds, Support


February 25, 2003
Jay Mathews

In the past few years, while child advocates have promoted the Zero to Three movement to aid early brain development, many state governments have been calling for politically popular universal preschool. In a perfect world, there would be enough money for both, but the early childhood advocates say they are beginning to worry that their…

Parents worried about state cuts


February 23, 2003
Laura A. Bischoff

To save nearly $200 million in the next two years, the state is cutting child-care assistance to low-income parents of 15,000 children and eliminating 4,000 slots in Head Start, an education program for low-income preschoolers. The state subsidizes child care for low-income working parents as a way to help them stay off welfare.

Group wants to rate preschool programs


February 21, 2003
Salatheia Bryant

The rating would be based on such factors as child-teacher ratio and teacher qualifications and experience.

Head Start facing drastic cuts under Taft plan


February 21, 2003
Kristy Foster

The county’s Head Start program may lose 90 percent of its state funding meaning drastic cuts for the program if a proposal by Governor Bob Taft is accepted by state legislators. The plan, if accepted, will cut the number of slots available in the county for the preschool program from 207 state-funded spots to 17,…