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Panel Funds ‘Universal’ Preschool


July 23, 2003 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Carl Ingram

A commission led by director Rob Reiner earmarks $100 million in Proposition 10 cigarette tax money to serve children under 5.

Column: In California, road to universal preschool may begin Tuesday


July 19, 2003 AccessEconomics and FinanceUniversal and Targeted
Marjie Lundstrom

On Tuesday, First 5 California, the commission that disburses Proposition 10 cigarette tax money, will decide whether to commit $100 million in matching funds to help put California on the path to universal preschool. If some First 5 county commissions meet a potential 1-to-4 match, that would push the total to $500 million over the…

Governor joins in $6 billion gala


July 16, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
D. Aileen Dodd

Clad in a money-green suit, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday flashed the grin of a grand prize winner as he accepted a $6 billion check commemorating the money the state lottery has paid to Georgia students. Since 1993, more than $6 billion generated from lottery sales has funded educational programs, including $2.5 billion shared by…

Lottery isn’t always a boon to schools


July 15, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Marjorie Coeyman

The selling point for state lotteries was that they would steer money to education. The actual results are a bit more mixed.

Editorial: Smoke and Mirrors on Head Start


July 11, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local

The House bill includes an experiment in which up to eight states would receive Head Start money in block grants subject to the governors’ control. The statute bars governors from moving state funds out of early childhood education but fails to mention federal funds.

Editorial: Starting Faster


July 7, 2003 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local

Head Start, the venerable preschool program for low-income children, is due for reauthorization, and debate about reform has already begun in Congress. [M]ost of what Head Start really needs — higher academic standards, better-educated teachers and the ability to reach more children — will cost more, not less.

Opinion: Hatch leading way to improve child-care assistance


July 6, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Rick Dinse

Child care is a good investment. Rutgers University economist Steven Barnett estimated that one quality preschool program in Michigan produced nearly $150,000 per child in savings from reduced crime.

Opinion: Cuts Hurt Kids Most, But We’ll All Pay Later


July 3, 2003 Economics and FinanceOutcomes

Investing in Early Childhood Education Would Promote Learning and Save Taxpayer Money in the Long Run

N.C. has budget, averts shutdown


June 30, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & LocalWorkforce
Sharif Durhams and Mark Johnson

Legislators forestall veto by authorizing governor to shift funds if revenues fall short

Painful cuts avoided, but state budget still stings


June 29, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Karin Miller, The Associated Press

Instead of abolishing any of the 150 pre-K programs, the Tennessee Education Department plans to spread $6 million in state funds among them all so they can continue operating, albeit on a shoestring budget. Local governments may pick up some slack and the state may relax some rules so the classes can operate more cheaply….