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First Steps budget woes cut prekindergarten classes


June 28, 2003 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Jennifer Holland, The Associated Press

First Steps, which had helped school districts create more prekindergarten classes for more than 3,000 of the neediest children the past few years, faces steep spending cuts. Despite the program’s success, 4-year-old kindergarten classes are too expensive to fund and First Steps officials say they are targeting their efforts toward younger children and parenting classes….

United Way to Form Its Own Social Programs


June 27, 2003
Stephanie Strom

In a major overhaul aimed at increasing its effectiveness and accountability, the board of the United Way of New York City voted yesterday to abandon its traditional role of middleman between donor and charity and set up its own social welfare programs instead. The organization, which has funneled money raised through workplace campaigns and other…

State Underfinancing Damages City Schools, Court Rules


June 27, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Greg Winter

New York State’s method for financing education has shortchanged New York City to the point of creating systemic failure in its schools and depriving students of their constitutional right to a decent education, the state’s highest court ruled yesterday. In a 4-to-1 decision, the Court of Appeals ordered the state to figure out what it…

Editorial: Fighting for Fairness at School


June 27, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

More than 40 state governments have been sued for failing to provide poor districts with enough money to educate their children up to the standards articulated in their state constitutions. New York joined the list yesterday when the state’s highest court ruled that the government was constitutionally responsible for revising the school financing formula in…

What happened to lottery’s foes?


June 25, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Kristen Wyatt

Georgia Lottery turns 10

School-to-Prison Pipeline


June 24, 2003
Bobby Iafolla

Part 1: Do not pass go ... go directly to jail

School board discusses Universal Preschool Plan


June 24, 2003
Jenn Young

Senate Bill 247 and West Virginia’s state Department of Education Policy 2525 mandate that a universal plan must be in place in the state by 2013.

Leaders promise to fight for funds


June 24, 2003
Kathleen Carroll

New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey told a group of preschool teachers and child advocates that he will continue to expand early childhood programs throughout New Jersey.

Can Johnny read yet?


June 24, 2003 Assessment
Marjorie Coeyman

Latest US scores tell a mixed story

$17 billion budget brings session home


June 24, 2003
Jan Moller

Federal windfall resuscitates many programs