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Gov. Brown signs 2016-17 budget: $122 million in new spending


July 1, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Idyllwild Town Crier

On Monday, June 27, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the legislative bill establishing the state budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which begins July 1. “This solid budget makes responsible investments in California and sets aside billions of dollars to prepare for the next recession,” said Brown in a press release. Total state spending is…

Gov. Brown signs 2016-17 budget: $122 million in new spending


July 1, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Idyllwild Town Crier

On Monday, June 27, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the legislative bill establishing the state budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which begins July 1. “This solid budget makes responsible investments in California and sets aside billions of dollars to prepare for the next recession,” said Brown in a press release. Total state spending is…

Washington’s preschool program praised as one of the best in national report


June 30, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
John Higgins

A new national report explains how Washington and three other states have built high-quality early-education systems.

Peduto: Preschool most important issue for reducing crime


June 30, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh needs $20 million annually to meet a goal of enrolling every income-eligible child in high-quality preschool, officials said Tuesday. Mayor Bill Peduto suggested that the city, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania and local foundations and corporations commit to sharing the costs for 10 years. “I’m 100 percent behind what you’re doing here,” Peduto told educators…

Peduto: Preschool most important issue for reducing crime


June 30, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & Local
Bob Bauder

Pittsburgh needs $20 million annually to meet a goal of enrolling every income-eligible child in high-quality preschool, officials said Tuesday. Mayor Bill Peduto suggested that the city, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania and local foundations and corporations commit to sharing the costs for 10 years. “I’m 100 percent behind what you’re doing here,” Peduto told educators…

Washington’s preschool program praised as one of the best in national report


June 30, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
John Higgins

A new national report explains how Washington and three other states have built high-quality early-education systems.

Gregg and Ritz unveil universal pre-K proposal


June 28, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
WANE Staff Reports

Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income. Former House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said their joint proposal would direct $150 million…

Gregg and Ritz unveil universal pre-K proposal


June 28, 2016 AccessGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
WANE Staff Reports

Two top Indiana Democrats on the ballot this November released a plan Thursday for developing a state-funded preschool program that would be available to all Indiana children regardless of family income. Former House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz said their joint proposal would direct $150 million…

Study: Preschool teachers make near-poverty wages in Pa.


June 20, 2016 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Grace Toohey

While Philadelphia could sweeten this narrative with the recently passed soda tax, aimed at funding pre-K, a new federal report shows that Pennsylvania’s low pay for early-childhood teachers undermines its ability to deliver high-quality education at a critical developmental stage. Nationwide in 2015, the median annual wage for preschool teachers was $28,570 – about 55…

Expand pre-K for more kids


June 14, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
The Editorial Board

For politicians, early childhood education is a case of a narrow window and a far horizon. In Pennsylvania, state legislators are too focused on that horizon. Abundant research on education and brain development shows that there is a relatively narrow window, between ages 3 and 5, in which to best establish a solid educational foundation…