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Pre-K plan raises issues


November 8, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Laura Diamond

Questions about financing, school sites already surfacing

Push is on to start pre-K plan early


November 7, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Anita Kumar and Alicia Caldwell

Providing prekindergarten for 4-year-olds proved popular with Florida voters Tuesday, and now some politicians want to get the program running sooner than required. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, the initiative’s architect, said Wednesday that he expects to meet with the state’s early child care providers next week and then persuade the Board of Education and the…

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…

Education gets a boost: Class caps, pre-K win


November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tyler Bridges

Amendment 8, which will make prekindergarten available to all 4-year-olds throughout Florida for no cost, easily won passage. [T]he pre-K amendment was approved without controversy, and it won’t cost anything next year unless legislators heed Mayor Penelas’ call to begin phasing in the program before required to by law.

Floridians set limits on class size, approve pre-K for all 4-year-olds


November 6, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Bill Hirschman

Frustration with inferior education and crowded classrooms powered victories for new Constitutional amendments Tuesday, including multi-billion-dollar projects to limit class size and to provide pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Almost everyone agrees pre-K jumpstarts children’s math, reading and learning skills, and provides early diagnoses of physical and learning disabilities.

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.

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.