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Head Start reform still undefined

May 8, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

The Head Start reauthorization bill upcoming in the House will probably contain key Bush administration reforms, though not exactly what the White House has proposed, a House Republican said yesterday. “There’s still room for improvement” in the $6.6 billion federal Head Start program, said Rep. Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican and chairman of the House…

Robin Hood replacement plan faces stiff opposition in House

May 8, 2003
Clay Robison

Despite the Texas State Senate’s unanimity on a school finance overhaul, House Speaker Tom Craddick said the measure faces opposition in the House.

Acute shortage of men teachers

May 7, 2003 Workforce
Mike Bowler

Survey: Males an endangered species in early education in Maryland.

At low-scoring schools, poverty often is fact of life

May 7, 2003
Matthew I. Pinzur

“I’ve heard people say that you can’t blame poverty for a lack of achievement,” Holmes principal Lillian Cooper said. “But you cannot ignore the fact that, with the different socioeconomic levels, children come to school armed differently.”

Business Leaders Warn of Early Learning Gap

May 7, 2003 Quality and Curriculum
Press Release

Urge States, Federal Government to Build High-Quality Early Childhood Education Programs

Officials scramble to save face — and Head Start

May 7, 2003
Eric Kelderman

County officials have backed away from dire announcements that they would lose $4.1 million of federal aid for the county’s Head Start program.

Plan worries Head Start supporters

May 7, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Robert Dodge and Joshua Benton

Program's reading, writing, 'rithmetic may face review

Program will help preschoolers’ parents

May 7, 2003
Herald-Leader Staff Report

A joint venture between the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the University of Kentucky Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute will develop a leadership training program for parents of preschool children.

State’s fiscal gap swells

May 6, 2003
Amy Gardner

North Carolina Governor Mike Easley is likely to insist on continuing to expand his two education initiatives — smaller elementary class sizes and pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

Study finds economic benefits of early education

May 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Emily Carlson

For more than 18 years, Arthur Reynolds has studied the long-term benefits of an early childhood educational program. While his previous papers have documented the positive effects of the particular program on children’s behavior and well-being, the latest documents its positive effects on the economy.