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Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns Sweeping Education Ruling


January 19, 2018
Elizabeth A. Harris

It was a 12-year legal battle that  began  as a challenge to Connecticut’s education funding system and came to touch on issues ranging from graduation requirements to teacher evaluations. On Wednesday, it reached its likely conclusion when the State Supreme Court said Connecticut was fulfilling its constitutional obligation to its public school students. States across the…

State rep on early childhood education: ‘Invest in playpen, spend less on state pen’


January 18, 2018
Madeline Schmitt

SANTA FE, N.M. – When it comes to curbing New Mexico’s crime problem, one state lawmaker is saying, “The more we invest in the playpen, the less we will have to spend in the state pen.” Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) along with Rep. Moe Maestas (D-Albuquerque) are sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would put more money…

Inherited IQ Can Increase in Early Childhood


January 18, 2018
Ken Branson

When it comes to intelligence, environment and education matter – more than we think. Those are the findings of Rutgers University psychologists Louis Matzel and Bruno Sauce, based on an integrative review of recent studies on the nature of human intelligence. Their study is published in the December issue of the Psychological Bulletin, a journal of the  American Psychological Association

Province to subsidize daycare for middle-class families


January 18, 2018
Robert Jones

The New Brunswick government has announced millions of dollars to subsidize daycare costs for what it is calling “middle income” New Brunswick families, although government figures show in some cases that households earning more than $125,000 will be eligible for help, depending on the number of young children they have. “This will be a program…

What We Can — and Can’t — Learn From NJ to Improve Pre-K Teacher Training and Pay


January 17, 2018
Sara Mead

Should pre-K teachers have degrees? A recent New York Times Magazine  article  looks at both some of the challenges facing early childhood teachers and the debate over whether or not policymakers should raise education requirements for them. I  explored these issues further  last week in U.S. News & World Report — but I also wanted to comment on the Times piece’s…

To Improve Early Childhood Education, Nurture Teachers


January 17, 2018
Anne Douglass

Two years ago, one of my former students, Christine, opened a  STEM preschool  on a farm in Millis, Mass. Young students collect eggs in the morning and feed the chickens and goats. They spend much of their time outdoors, regardless of weather. Shortly after the school opened, a wait list for students formed, and demand from families…

Revamping Teacher Education in Tulsa


January 17, 2018
Aaron Lowenberg

All parents want their young children to be taught and cared for by professionals who are welcoming, kind, and possess an understanding of how children learn and develop. Studies  suggest  that teachers of young children who possess a combination of formal education and professional training provide higher levels of care than teachers without such education and…

Missouri’s spending on early childhood education could increase, but not by much, school leaders say


January 16, 2018
Ryan Delaney

Missouri is set to increase the amount it spends on public preschool, but education officials say even if the funds are put in the next budget, the small increase will have only a marginal impact. By hitting a benchmark for education funding during last year’s budget process, state lawmakers set off a provision that requires…

Montana has added hundreds of preschool slots, but the money behind them could run out


January 16, 2018

Montana created more than 300 preschool slots in the last school year, raising the number to 750. And the state did it at a far cheaper cost  than a year before . But as the feds send out the grant’s final check for $10 million, it’s unclear how those seats will be sustained in the future. This is the…

Study finds preschool suspensions soaring among black students


January 16, 2018
Nia Harden

A Civil Rights Data Collection survey is showing how serious preschool suspensions are. Across the board preschool suspensions are up. According to the study black preschool students were 3.6 times as likely to receive one or more out-of-schools suspensions as white preschool students. Lana Sabir is the owner of Tomorrow’s Star Educational Center in Southfield,…