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Opinion: Cuts Hurt Kids Most, But We’ll All Pay Later


July 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

Investing in Early Childhood Education Would Promote Learning and Save Taxpayer Money in the Long Run

House Bill Would Leave 3 of 4 Hispanic Children Behind


July 3, 2003 English Language LearnersGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

Nearly three-quarters of a million at-risk Hispanic children in California, Texas, Arizona and the rest of the United States would be left unserved by the successful Head Start program under a controversial U.S. House bill that may come to a vote shortly after the July 4th holiday weekend, according to national and state-level Head Start…

Tests planned for some in Head Start


July 2, 2003 Assessment
Bruce Alpert

Administrators wary of effect on other goals

Reading program gets ax


July 2, 2003
Ryan Davis

Gov. Mitt Romney cut the entire allocation for Reading Recovery, a move one local educaiton official called a “huge blow to western Massachusetts.”

Opinion: Can Bush Touch an Untouchable Federal Program?


July 1, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Andrew Ferguson

Reform Head Start? You might as well patch the crack in the Liberty Bell.

Even peekaboo helps kids learn


July 1, 2003
Wendy Wendland-Bowyer

Task force's findings may shape state policy

Opinion: Why Testing Can’t Fail


June 30, 2003 Assessment

High-quality schools need well-trained teachers, a strong curriculum based on clear standards, and periodic tests that show whether or not students are being taught up to the standards. While no student should be penalized for performing poorly on a test that is somehow defective, periodic problems with tests are not a reason to scrap the…

Easley Signs $14.8 Billion Budget Bill


June 30, 2003

Easley Backs Off Veto Threat

Opinion: Teaching kids early is investing in future


June 30, 2003
Suzanne Taylor

Over the past 20 years, child-development experts have found that learning begins at birth and that early experiences impact a child’s lifelong capacity to learn. What children learn during their first years of life provides the foundation they need for a strong start in school.

Opinion: Developing young minds


June 30, 2003
Gary J. Andres and Michael McKenn

Americans understand that higher education, while important, is less fundamental than early childhood years in shaping future economic and professional success. That is one of the important findings of both the most recent edition of the American Survey (conducted nationwide June 9-11 among 600 registered voters, margin of error plus/minus 4.0 percent; sponsored in part…