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School screening breaks tradition

April 21, 2003
Leigh Ann Wagner Kroening

School districts now evaluate younger children in an attempt to catch learning problems

Schools look to close student gaps

April 21, 2003 English Language LearnersQuality and CurriculumSpecial Education
Michelle Krupa

Disabled pupils making headway

Study: Child care services costing residents too much

April 21, 2003
Denise Jewell

Child care prices in Gloucester County, N.J., can cost almost half of the typical household income for a baby and a preschooler in a licensed early education program, a new survey stated. Leonard Masse, a research fellow for the National Institute for Early Education Research, said that the high costs could mean that children in…

State’s budget pain may increase

April 20, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
James Salzer

Without an upturn, legislators' options grimmer next year

Chumney wants day care fixes to advance

April 19, 2003
Sam Youngman and Shirley Downing

The state requires one adult for every 15 children; the rule would lower that to one for every 13 children.

Early end to school finance law?

April 18, 2003
Terrence Stutz

Bill would repeal revenue sharing next year if alternative OK'd

‘Safe’ Lead Levels Lower IQ in Children, Study Finds

April 17, 2003
Thomas H. Maugh II

Lead levels now widely believed to be safe in children actually produce a severe impact on intellectual development, researchers report today. Blood levels of lead below current federal and international guidelines of 10 micrograms per deciliter produce a surprisingly large drop in IQ of up to 7.4 points, a U.S. team reports in today’s New…

Bush’s Head Start plan challenged

April 17, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Nora Achrati

The National Head Start Association, a private, nonprofit group whose members are affiliated with local Head Start programs, said Wednesday that nearly 1 million children could lose some of the program’s services in the next several years under the Bush plan. Wade F. Horn, the assistant secretary who oversees the Head Start program in the…

Reviews are mixed on standards

April 16, 2003
K.C. Howard

Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke presented the latest version of the academic standards, which would replace the contentious Profile of Learning and get Minnesota in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Child advocate stresses education

April 16, 2003
Donna Wright

“Our best hope for a strong future for these children, and ourselves, is an integrated, comprehensive approach covering health and education and nurturing for all children between birth and five,” said David Lawrence, president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation in Miami.