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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…

Private day care cries foul


July 23, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Michelle Krupa

Public preschools not ready, they say

A Battle Over Preschool Education Looms


July 15, 2002 AccessState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Michael Peltier

Ruling last week on an initiative to provide preschool access to all 4-year-olds, the state’s highest court has left the door open for what could be the most emotionally charged and fiercest fight for the hearts and minds of Florida voters: The education of Florida’s children.

Senate May Vote on Overhaul of OERI Before Fall Elections


July 10, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Debra Viadero

If influential Senate lawmakers have their way, the Department of Education’s primary research office will get its long-awaited face-lift this year. The $444 million-a-year OERI oversees much of the research, statistics gathering, and technical help subsidized by the department.