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Floridians set limits on class size, approve pre-K for all 4-year-olds

November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Bill Hirschman

Frustration with inferior education and crowded classrooms powered victories for new Constitutional amendments Tuesday, including multi-billion-dollar projects to limit class size and to provide pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Almost everyone agrees pre-K jumpstarts children’s math, reading and learning skills, and provides early diagnoses of physical and learning disabilities.

Voters widely support education measures

November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Robert C. Johnston

Despite the nation’s troubled economic times, voters across the country approved several state and local ballot measures Nov. 5 that call for billions of dollars in new spending on school programs for students of all ages. Just over 60 percent of voters in the Sunshine State said yes to Constitutional Amendment 8, which calls on…

New pre-K classes funded; North Carolina counties scramble for kids

November 5, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Ann Doss Helms

Free classes will help children who are not in other programs

Educators seek more emphasis on preparing children for school

November 4, 2002
Dave Groves

By the time a child reaches kindergarten, the vast majority of his or her brain has already been shaped and formed by that child’s surroundings. Though scientists agree that 85 percent of brain development occurs prior to age 5, Michigan spends almost all of its public education funding – 95 percent – on children older…

Program vastly increases literacy

November 4, 2002
Natalie Missakian

A new reading program called Breakthrough to Literacy is the latest tool in the city’s effort to turn around disappointing reading scores and close the achievement gap between New Haven children and their suburban peers.

Hurry up and wait

November 3, 2002
Bradley Weaver

As lists of parents trying to enroll children in preschool swell, southwestern California county officials try to keep pace

Public pre-K most helps middle class

November 1, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Sonji Jacobs

Standards, funding details still unclear

Head Start rethinks threat to Orange County funds

October 31, 2002
Jenifer B. McKim

An official says some needy kids might not be banned for a study's sake.

Editorial: Pre-K is a good investment for Florida

October 30, 2002 Economics and Finance
Alex Penelas

Florida stands to save between $2 billion and $3 billion per each wave of 4-year-olds served — and that’s a conservative estimate. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, says the actual savings could be as high as $6 billion.

Head Start plan raises ire

October 30, 2002
Jenifer B. McKim

Organizers of a local Head Start program that serves nearly 400 children learned Tuesday that it may lose its $2 million federal grant for refusing to participate in a national study they say would close the doors on needy students. At issue is the first comprehensive evaluation of Head Start, a 37-year-old federally funded school-readiness…