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Study: Top teachers pick up lighter assignments


August 12, 2003 Workforce
Joshua Benton

Across the state, a teacher divide

Editorial: School supplies


July 28, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

As the Bush administration’s embattled plans for Head Start reform move to the Senate, this much remains largely undisputed: Hiring better-trained teachers and encouraging staff to pursue higher degrees should benefit the program’s more than 900,000 preschool children. That’s the way to ensure that the building blocks of literacy and math are taught using up-to-date…

Head Start: finding the learning curve


July 24, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & LocalWorkforce
Wendy Y. Lawton

Rhetoric on both sides is overblown, says Steve Barnett, head of the National Institute for Early Education Research, a nonpartisan think tank at Rutgers University. Head Start teachers should be better-qualified, he said, but also should be paid more.

Kindergarten literacy push has some teachers worried


July 21, 2003 AssessmentWorkforce
Maureen Magee

[A] recent study by teachers found the districtwide push to get kindergartners reading has some teachers overusing the exam – administering it monthly in some cases – and pressuring children and parents to meet literacy benchmarks. Fearful the San Diego school district’s literacy drive is turning its youngest students off to school, a group of…

N.C. has budget, averts shutdown


June 30, 2003 Economics and FinanceState & LocalWorkforce
Sharif Durhams and Mark Johnson

Legislators forestall veto by authorizing governor to shift funds if revenues fall short

Editorial: Cheating Head Start


June 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

House Republicans are doing a great disservice to the 900,000 poor and minority children enrolled each year in Head Start, the early childhood development program. While everyone can agree on the merits of raising the quality of Head Start teachers, it is unrealistic for Republicans to require bachelor’s degrees of the teachers yet not provide…

Editorial: From the roots up


June 11, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce

The School Readiness Act presages a future in which state and federal preschool programs collaborate, if not consolidate, and operate under more uniform quality and accountability guidelines. The plan properly calls for greater emphasis on teacher quality: Head Start’s own longitudinal study of its children has found that despite improvement, too many reach school age…

House lawmakers debate state role in Head Start management


June 3, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Shawn Zeller

Republicans and Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Education Reform Subcommittee kicked off their discussion Tuesday on reauthorization of the Head Start program with a partisan debate over GOP plans to allow states to administer funding for the preschool program. Members of the panel, Republicans and Democrats alike, agreed that the federal government…

Acute shortage of men teachers


May 7, 2003 Workforce
Mike Bowler

Survey: Males an endangered species in early education in Maryland.

Child-care costs busting N.J. family budgets


April 11, 2003 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Peggy O'Crowley

Fees can chew up 50% of income, and experts see no relief in sight