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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.

County Faces A Tough Call On Head Start

April 26, 2003
Brigid Schulte

Montgomery Panel Votes To Retain Service Level, Not Admit More Children

Around nation, Head Start’s future debated

April 25, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

They say a Bush proposal that would decentralize funding, allowing it to be sent to states instead of specific programs, could endanger the quality of the $6 billion federal program. Administration officials say the move is an attempt to better coordinate Head Start’s programs with the 42 states that currently fund their own preschool programs…

Editorial: Head Start, a terrible place to cut funding

April 25, 2003 State & Local

A bill passed last week by a key House committee would cut state funding for the Head Start program by nearly 25 percent during the next two years. Shortchanging investments in education is not a budget necessity, it is a political choice — and a bad one.

The importance of kindergarten

April 24, 2003
Judy Lyden

Kindergarten is the beginning of primary education. Every child has a right to begin well.

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