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Early ed bill gets teachers’ nod

March 24, 2003
Patrice Sawyer

Legislation would create study of state preschool programs

Editorial: Education budgets / Cuts at the edges threaten core

March 24, 2003

Although Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he is trying to spare K-12 education from massive cuts, even some of the smaller ones will have an impact. Continued funding for early childhood education, for example, may be in jeopardy, yet studies show that preschool investments reap huge returns as students progress through school.

Editorial: Stand and deliver

March 24, 2003

Rendell and Pa. legislators must do just that to improve public education.

Picard: TOPS needs accountability

March 23, 2003
Will Sentell

Picard also contends that the state should move some of the money spent on the Tuition Opportunity Program for Students — known as TOPS — to help finance classes for 4-year-olds.

Preschool voucher program popular, growing

March 23, 2003
Aesha Rasheed

Educators, parents laud experiment

Counting the cost of childcare

March 21, 2003

So how are parents managing to juggle work with childcare? A lot are relying on a “patchwork of provision,” using a combination of childcare arrangements.

Govs Scramble For Soundbites To Decry Budget Crisis

March 21, 2003
Jason White

Many of them have been using near-apocalyptic rhetoric to brace constituents for painful solutions to the budget crunch, including tax hikes and cuts in spending on popular programs, such as education, healthcare, and even access to highway rest stops. Some experts say states could emerge from the crisis with different tax structures and scaled back…

Where Have All the Dollars Gone?

March 21, 2003
Jane Quinn

According to a recent report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), only 5 percent of the tobacco settlement money allocated thus far has been spent on smoking prevention and only 3 percent has gone to programs for children and youth. This is very disappointing news for youth advocates, who entertained momentary high hopes…

A High Price for Delay on Budget

March 20, 2003
Evan Halper and Jeffrey L. Rabin

Independent analyst says political gridlock over the state's crisis has cost $1.3 billion and options are narrowing.

Granholm urges early education

March 20, 2003
Stacey Range

Reading volunteers, education kits to help improve kids' skills