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Poor parents find school intimidating

February 11, 2003
Thomas Moore

It's a myth that these families don't care about education

Florida Struggles to Find a Way to Achieve Smaller Classes

February 11, 2003
Dana Canedy

Three months after Florida voters approved a measure to impose the most restrictive limits in the nation on class sizes, legislators, educators and Gov. Jeb Bush are grappling with just how to accomplish it. Governor Bush has called for spending $3 billion a year to meet the mandates, which require the state to cap class…

Opinion: New test won’t aid program

February 10, 2003 Assessment
Sarah Greene

Head Start programs are already using local assessment tools to evaluate the performance of children. Instead of funding a new test, shouldn’t we be trying to provide more low-income children with a program that government studies say is effective in getting them ready to learn?

Editorial: Head Start resists efforts to give pupils a real boost

February 10, 2003

On Chicago’s poverty-stricken West Side, 115 children at the city-funded Hansberry Child-Parent Center receive the same high-quality preschool education typical of many private schools. All [Child-Parent Centers] have strong track records, achieving what the federal Head Start program often fails to do: ensure that 4-year-olds from disadvantaged families get the skills they need to excel…

Column: Finding the truth in a battle over Head Start

February 9, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jane Eisner

Saying times have changed, Bush wants states to have more control. Critics say this will dumb down the program.

Pre-K money is precarious

February 7, 2003 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Maureen Nolan

Governor's budget would cut money; school districts say programs really work

Head Start idea makes many uneasy

February 7, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Ruth Schubert

Parents, educators fear changes would be for the worse

Day Care Centers Plan 1-Day Strike

February 7, 2003 Workforce
Ellen Yan

Workers at the city’s 358 publicly funded day care centers plan to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday, upending 50,000 children of working parents. The unions, in part, want to reduce the high turnover of day care teachers, who often leave for better paying school jobs once they get licenses and certification.

Testing Expands to Kids in Head Start

February 6, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
David Pierson

U.S. says exams will be used to assess the program. Some experts think children are too young for the results to have meaning.

Bush Proposes Shifting a Bigger Share of Programs for the Poor to States

February 5, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Richard Simon

Advocates for Medicaid, housing, Head Start fear there won't be enough money to go around.