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Texas school districts receive $116 million in pre-K grants


July 6, 2016 AccessEconomics and FinanceState & Local
Julie Chang

The state has awarded  578 school districts  and charters more than $116 million in grants to boost their prekindergarten programs in the upcoming school year. Ten Central Texas school districts, including Austin, Round Rock and Leander, received some of the funds. House Bill 4,  one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature laws  passed last legislative session, promised to make funds available to boost the quality of…

Labor report shows early childhood education must become crucial investment


July 5, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Chrystian Tejedor

It’s past time to boost our investment in early childhood education. Educators who care for our children from birth to third grade have a pivotal role in preparing our children for school, but as a society we’re letting them down. A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that low wages in…

Labor report shows early childhood education must become crucial investment


July 5, 2016 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Chrystian Tejedor

It’s past time to boost our investment in early childhood education. Educators who care for our children from birth to third grade have a pivotal role in preparing our children for school, but as a society we’re letting them down. A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that low wages in…

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…

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.

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.

What Good Preschool Looks Like: Snapshots From 4 States


June 29, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Cory Turner

A new report, out today, provides 186 pages of answers to one of the toughest questions in education: What does it take to get preschool right? Parents and politicians alike want to know. States are spending roughly $7 billion this year on early childhood education, despite the fact that there are more cautionary tales —…