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Student scores show progress, but critics question price

June 23, 2003
Maia Davis

At a time when state aid has been nearly flat for two years and property taxes are rising, the questions that have long swirled around Abbott and its massive expenditures are becoming more urgent.

Pa. education clash enters key week

June 23, 2003
Dale Mezzacappa and Mario F. Cattabiani

GOP legislators are not sold on Gov. Rendell's plans to fund major new initiatives. A budget must be passed by June 30.

Opinion: Accountability needs funding

June 23, 2003

What is important is that Louisiana students continue to improve, and that involves a continued commitment to a rigorous program of accountability.

Helping Head Start

June 23, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

President Bush wants to give a successful program more oomph. The solution may not come from the states

Getting off on the right foot

June 23, 2003
Meredith Arndt

If a child has a positive experience in a “high-quality” early education setting, they are more likely to develop better social skills and an improved ability to learn.

Editorial: Universal preschool

June 23, 2003 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted

California’s fledgling drive to give all children access to high quality preschool has bumped up against an unavoidable fact: The state doesn’t have any money to spend on big new initiatives, and likely won’t in the immediate future. But where public coffers have run dry, private efforts can fill in around the edges, and they…

Editorial: A Threat to Head Start

June 23, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Block grant funding would be a bad bargain, even for New Jersey, a state facing a multibillion-dollar deficit and a state court order to provide preschool in its neediest districts. In this state and others faced with budget problems, the temptation would be to use the federal funds to substitute for, not augment, state education…

AmeriCorps Budget Cuts Reduce Critical Education for Children

June 23, 2003

Jumpstart Corps members help preschool children build pre-reading and language skills that are vital to success in school and in life. If the current funding dispute is not addressed, Jumpstart may cease working in up to 80 of its current 120 preschools.

Editorial: Father of Head Start warns of weakness in Bush plans

June 22, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Edward F. Zigler

How strong Head Start is depends upon a single factor: how good the quality is invested in the Head Start program model and how well the program is implemented at the local level. The evidence is overwhelming; the magnitude of positive outcomes is directly related to the quality of the program.

A proactive plan for preschools

June 22, 2003 AccessQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Fran Wood

So last week, the organization [NOW] launched “the family initiative,” a long-term, nationwide campaign to provide universal, affordable child care — quality day care for infants, preschool education for toddlers, productive after-school programs for elementary-schoolers. Long-term, says Rutgers professor Steve Barnett, a member of the NOW Legal Defense board, the goal is not to scrap…