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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

Public pre-K most helps middle class

November 1, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Sonji Jacobs

Standards, funding details still unclear

Color Them Enthusiastic: Politicians Embrace Pre-K

October 29, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Leslie Postal

On Election Day, Florida voters will decide whether to make free, “high-quality” pre-kindergarten classes available to all 4-year-old children in the state. It faces no organized opposition, and polls show a large majority of voters plan to vote for it.

Florida’s Call: Pre-K For All?

October 25, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Ben Feller

On Nov. 5, Floridians can expand the tradition of kindergarten through grade 12, making prekindergarten for 4-year-olds a constitutional requirement. Pre-K would remain optional for families, but by the 2005 school year, the state would be required to offer it to every child who is 4 – an estimated 217,000 youngsters.

Education group to unveil legislation; pushes preschool, kindergarten for all

October 23, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Megan Tench

Despite the tough economic climate, a coalition of early childhood education leaders will launch an ambitious campaign for universal preschool and kindergarten in Massachusetts tomorrow that calls for system wide standards, as well as recruiting quality teachers, paying them better, and training them more. The Early Education for All Campaign will unveil draft legislation that…

Pre-School For All; Florida voters to decide if it’s worth up to $650 million

October 21, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Toni Marshall

Voters will go to the polls next month to decide whether the state should pay for pre-school for all Florida 4-year-olds at an estimated cost of $425 million to $650 million. Most agree a universal pre-kindergarten program would benefit young children, giving them a leg up in reading and classroom skills.

Learning In Mixed Company

October 19, 2002 AccessOutcomesUniversal and Targeted
Carolyn Moreau

Study Shows Low-Income Preschoolers Learn Better, Faster Alongside More Affluent Peers

Business think tank makes a case for pre-K

October 17, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Emma D. Sapong

From decreasing the dropout rate to creating a more competent work force, quality early childhood education is key, said Roy J. Bostock, chairman of the Committee on Economic Development. Universal pre-K, he said, would produce “a more competitive and productive work force. It’s imperative to do this on a national level.”

Ballot proposal would require pre-K for 4-year-olds

October 13, 2002 AccessUniversal and Targeted
Susan Wright

Like many other parents in Florida, [Candice] Westbrook plans to vote Nov. 5 for a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would require the state to provide access to preschool programs for all 4-year-olds. In Volusia and Flagler counties, some children’s advocates and early childhood education proponents aren’t so sure.