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New Ammunition for Backers of Do-or-Die Exams

April 23, 2003 Assessment
Greg Winter

Two new studies make the case that do-or-die exams — which decide whether students graduate, teachers are dismissed or schools are shut in more than half the states in the nation — have brought about at least a modicum of academic progress, especially for minority students who may get scant attention otherwise. The studies appear…

Opinion: A voice for children and families will soon fall silent

April 23, 2003
Marilyn Gardner

Staff members at the Child Care Action Campaign are packing up papers and books, preparing to vacate the premises in a few weeks. Initially, the organization stood as a lone voice, breaking what [President Faith] Wohl calls a “national silence” about the need for more and better day care and early education.

Senate passes scholarship lottery bill

April 22, 2003
Bonna de la Cruz

Poor students would receive $1,000 bonus

State officials criticize Bush proposal for Head Start

April 22, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michele Fuetsch

Last week in Delaware and across the country, critics charged the plan is tantamount to dismantling Head Start in favor of block grants to the states. But Head Start in Delaware is such a unique creature — thanks to state dollars, state standards, and follow-up studies on children — that on Monday federal officials were…

School screening breaks tradition

April 21, 2003
Leigh Ann Wagner Kroening

School districts now evaluate younger children in an attempt to catch learning problems

Schools look to close student gaps

April 21, 2003 English Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Michelle Krupa

Disabled pupils making headway

Study: Child care services costing residents too much

April 21, 2003
Denise Jewell

Child care prices in Gloucester County, N.J., can cost almost half of the typical household income for a baby and a preschooler in a licensed early education program, a new survey stated. Leonard Masse, a research fellow for the National Institute for Early Education Research, said that the high costs could mean that children in…

State’s budget pain may increase

April 20, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
James Salzer

Without an upturn, legislators' options grimmer next year

Chumney wants day care fixes to advance

April 19, 2003
Sam Youngman and Shirley Downing

The state requires one adult for every 15 children; the rule would lower that to one for every 13 children.

Early end to school finance law?

April 18, 2003
Terrence Stutz

Bill would repeal revenue sharing next year if alternative OK'd