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Governor pushes early education


August 3, 2003
Mark Shaffer

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said one of the top priorities of her education policy will be increasing emphasis on early education programs such as pre-kindergarten, all-day kindergarten and other early literacy efforts.

Experts say early education pays off


August 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Ronald Kotulak

Study finds funds saved in long run

Column: Honest Look at Head Start


August 3, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
David S. Broder

A wealth of studies has shown that Head Start kids do better in school than contemporaries who have no such experience. But each time the program has come up for renewal, Congress and the administration have searched for ways to reach more children, make the gains more durable and close the persistent gap between Head…

Head Start reauthorization bill debated


August 2, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Marti Maguire

Conflicting studies have been used to argue for and against the effectiveness of Head Start, which has provided educational, medical and social services to about 20 million disadvantaged children in its 38-year history. Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology at Yale, said it’s unfair to compare Head Start students, who must overcome the disadvantages of…

Is Head Start worthless?


August 1, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Linda Seebach

Most studies of Head Start have shown that it provides a brief boost in academic performance, but that the effects fade out by third grade. If that conclusion is correct it means every dollar of the billions spent on Head Start since its beginning have been wasted.

HOPE faces money crunch


July 31, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
James Salzer

Estimates project funds gap

Education law tries thin state budgets


July 31, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Reuters

Critics predict the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act could also help power a new wave of costly lawsuits against the states challenging the allocation of state education funds, and in turn by the states against the federal government. Chief among the law’s requirements are annual student testing, training and hiring qualified teachers, and school…

Senators Offer Alternatives to House Idea on Head Start


July 30, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Diana Jean Schemo

Senate Democrats and a Republican are offering separate proposals for revising the federal Head Start program, neither of which adopts the most controversial change in the version the House passed last week: permitting eight states to take over the program. But it carries a hefty price tag, raising the authorization to $16 billion by 2008,…

Pre-kindergarten programs on rise in Maine schools


July 30, 2003
Nancy Jacobson

Over the last five years, the number of pre-kindergarten programs in Maine public schools has increased from 27 to 78 programs.

Governor forms early childhood council


July 30, 2003
Chris Lafortune

On July 24, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into law the formation of a statewide early childhood council that brings together agencies and organizations that focus on early childhood education statewide.