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Bill Eliminates Cuts to Schools

May 1, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Ellen Yan

Lawmakers confident of votes to override possible Pataki veto

County Head Start Program in State of Upheaval

May 1, 2003
Brigid Schulte

U.S. Rejects Proposal To Restructure Services

DPHHS job cuts to save services

May 1, 2003
Allison Farrell

The Montana State Legislature approved moving $3 million from the welfare fund to help the working poor pay for day-care.

Preschoolers are mentors, friends to special-ed classmates

April 30, 2003 Quality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Angie Brunkow

This Omaha Public Schools preschool program is an integrated classroom that combines 10 special-education children with 10 neighborhood kids. The classroom operates as a normal preschool, though students probably get more one-on-one attention because four adults are present.

U.S. Rejects Montgomery’s Head Start Plan

April 30, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Brigid Schulte

County Proposed to Serve Same Number of Children, Place More in Local Program

Bush Head Start plan faces tough fight in Congress

April 29, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Melissa Seckora

If Congress adopts the Bush proposals, the changes would give governors the option to integrate preschool programs with Head Start programs for their state or areas within it. In exchange, they would have to meet certain accountability requirements.

Trying to put kids first

April 29, 2003
Sean Murphy

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Act creates a 28-member board composed of public and private sector representatives charged with examining current programs and encouraging the development of school readiness programs by involving the private sector in helping to fund early childhood education.

Limit lottery fund grants?

April 28, 2003
Tom Humphrey

The state constitutional amendment approved by voters last November that authorizes a state lottery specifies profits first go to a program for providing college scholarships but says any excess can go toward programs to help preschool children prepare for their educational career and some other educational purposes.

Studies Link Pre-K Cuts, Crime

April 28, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Keiko Morris

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids — a Washington-based program whose members include a large number of law enforcement officials — will lobby legislators Monday in Albany to consider what they say are the long-term costs of eliminating $204 million for the state’s so-called universal pre-kindergarten program and cutting $7.5 million from experimental pre-kindergarten programs. Using…

Editorial: Fund Head Start, don’t restructure

April 27, 2003
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board

Head Start has helped millions of young children get ready for school. Its comprehensive approach helps them with social skills, health needs and kindergarten readiness.