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Pre-K plan raises issues

November 8, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Laura Diamond

Questions about financing, school sites already surfacing

Push is on to start pre-K plan early

November 7, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Anita Kumar and Alicia Caldwell

Providing prekindergarten for 4-year-olds proved popular with Florida voters Tuesday, and now some politicians want to get the program running sooner than required. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, the initiative’s architect, said Wednesday that he expects to meet with the state’s early child care providers next week and then persuade the Board of Education and the…

Portland’s child levy passes, and activists look beyond city

November 7, 2002
Scott Learn

Vote counts Wednesday pushed Portland’s five-year children’s levy over the top, giving Oregon its first money measure for prekindergarten programs and inspiring supporters who hope to export the idea down the Willamette Valley and nationwide. The levy will raise $10 million a year to finance child-abuse prevention, after-school and mentoring programs, and prekindergarten education programs…

Education gets a boost: Class caps, pre-K win

November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tyler Bridges

Amendment 8, which will make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds throughout Florida for no cost, easily won passage. [T]he pre-K amendment was approved without controversy, and it won’t cost anything next year unless legislators heed Mayor Penelas’ call to begin phasing in the program before required to by law.

Floridians set limits on class size, approve pre-K for all 4-year-olds

November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Bill Hirschman

Frustration with inferior education and crowded classrooms powered victories for new Constitutional amendments Tuesday, including multi-billion-dollar projects to limit class size and to provide pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Almost everyone agrees pre-K jumpstarts children’s math, reading and learning skills, and provides early diagnoses of physical and learning disabilities.

Voters widely support education measures

November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Robert C. Johnston

Despite the nation’s troubled economic times, voters across the country approved several state and local ballot measures Nov. 5 that call for billions of dollars in new spending on school programs for students of all ages. Just over 60 percent of voters in the Sunshine State said yes to Constitutional Amendment 8, which calls on…

New pre-K classes funded; North Carolina counties scramble for kids

November 5, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Ann Doss Helms

Free classes will help children who are not in other programs

Educators seek more emphasis on preparing children for school

November 4, 2002
Dave Groves

By the time a child reaches kindergarten, the vast majority of his or her brain has already been shaped and formed by that child’s surroundings. Though scientists agree that 85 percent of brain development occurs prior to age 5, Michigan spends almost all of its public education funding – 95 percent – on children older…

Program vastly increases literacy

November 4, 2002
Natalie Missakian

A new reading program called Breakthrough to Literacy is the latest tool in the city’s effort to turn around disappointing reading scores and close the achievement gap between New Haven children and their suburban peers.

Hurry up and wait

November 3, 2002
Bradley Weaver

As lists of parents trying to enroll children in preschool swell, southwestern California county officials try to keep pace