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Opinion: Preschool progress in New Jersey


September 6, 2002 State & LocalWorkforce

New Jersey is finally serious about getting it right

Arizona governor creates panel to aid early childhood education


August 30, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Dina L. Doolen

Arizona Gov. Jane Hull signed an executive order yesterday creating a state oversight board to coordinate early childhood education programs. The School Readiness Board will advise the governor on how best to deliver services for children from birth through 5.

Florida Governor endorses pre-K proposal


August 27, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Lesley Clark

Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday moved to soften his approach, endorsing a proposal to offer free pre-kindergarten classes to every 4-year-old in the state. The pre-kindergarten plan is estimated to cost between $425 million and $650 million a year, but Bush said the proposal “allows for some creative ways” to boost existing pre-kindergarten programs.

Welfare reform winds up on back burner


August 22, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Cheryl Wetzstein

Welfare reform marks its sixth anniversary today waiting for an opening on a busy Senate calendar, even though the landmark 1996 law expires in a month. Many congressional aides say that instead of renewing the nation’s largest social program for poor and needy families by Sept. 30, time-pressed lawmakers will simply pass a bill to…

Funds allow Florida county to tackle pre-k learning


August 17, 2002 OutcomesState & Local
Lisa Woods

About 900 preschoolers in St. Johns County, Florida are attending pre-kindergarten and receiving other education services for young children through a new $3.2 million state program. Educators in Ponte Vedra Beach said the early childhood education will help children become successful later on and help them create the brain matter needed for achievement on tests…

Tobacco Tax Might Fund Preschools in LA


August 8, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Carla Rivera

Although many educators agree that providing quality preschool is an important goal, some remain dubious about the proposal being debated in Los Angeles. They are especially skeptical that home-based child-care providers could be trained to provide the kind of care needed.

Move to restore kindergarten money lauded


August 5, 2002 Economics and FinanceState & Local
Scott W. Helman

School officials in Massachusetts lauded the Legislature’s override of a budget veto by Acting Governor Jane Swift that would have eliminated a $28 million statewide grant program for full-day kindergarten. Restoring the full-day kindergarten program was a leading priority for state Representative David Linsky, a Natick Democrat who led the fight at the State House…

School plan qualifies for ballot in Florida


July 31, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Tere Figueras

Free pre-K classes proposed

Louisiana Program Targets 6,000 Preschoolers


July 30, 2002 State & Local
Ed Anderson

Good start for many students, governor says

Editorial: Governor Easley’s preemptive move to boost education funding is a dramatic, and appropriate, response to a judge’s order


July 26, 2002 Economics and FinanceState & Local

As legislators ponder and ponder and ponder some more on how to close a $1.5 billion shortfall in the state budget, a more immediate deadline looms: A judicial order to answer the needs of children at risk of failure in the state’s public schools. Governor Easley on Wednesday offered his answer in the form of…