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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.

Editorial: Welfare re-reform / Encourage work, but preserve flexibility


July 7, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the Work, Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (WORK) Act of 2002, which addresses most of the criticisms of the House Bill. The Senate version provides $30 million for at-home infant care.

Editorial: Reforming welfare


July 4, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

At the current, inadequate funding level, federal child-care assistance covers only one in seven eligible children of low-income working parents. It makes no sense to increase the need for such assistance by insisting that more welfare recipients enter the work force without providing the additional dollars necessary to make it feasible.

Senate Panel Approves Welfare Bill


June 27, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Amy Goldstein

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation yesterday to revise the nation’s welfare system. The measure would restore two forms of help to legal immigrants and provide more money for child care — although not as much as many Democrats want.

More schools try to give 4-year-olds extra edge


June 16, 2002 OutcomesState & Local
Charles Lussier

Louisiana is six months into a major expansion of its previously limited commitment to preschool. Educational research from states offering similar programs suggests that students who enroll in pre-kindergarten, especially children who live in poor families, have an advantage over others who wait until kindergarten or later.