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Anchorage School District Banks on Preschool to Boost Graduation Rates


June 30, 2009

With an eye towards boosting high school graduation rates, the Anchorage School District plans for its share of stimulus funding include adding preschool. According to a June 25 editorial in the Anchorage Daily News, the district “will begin offering preschool classes in parts of town with the biggest need, and where there are schools with…

Let’s Keep the Juggernaut Rolling


June 5, 2009

It seems like everyone wants targeted pre-K for poor kids, now that all kids might get it. Case in point – Chester Finn’s inaccurate and exaggerated attack on those who seek a high quality education for all of America’s children in Reroute the Preschool Juggernaut. Finn builds a case for targeted programs based on errors,…

Capitalizing on the Stimulus: A Rare Opportunity That Calls for Creative Thinking


May 21, 2009

With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) now allocated among the states, the push is on to develop plans for accessing the money.