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Ole Miss to offer new online master’s degree

August 31, 2015 Economics and FinanceOutcomesWorkforce

 The University of Mississippi School of Education is offering a new online master’s degree in early childhood education. The Master of Education program is designed to prepare professional educators for a variety of roles within the field. . . According to the National Institute for Early Education Research, several studies show quality preschool programs can…

VA lawmakers hear suggestions from experts on education issues

August 26, 2015 AccessEconomics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Alana Austin

Supporting early education and growth for at-risk children has been a focal point in Richmond in recent weeks. The subcommittee is examining several areas, including teacher pay and credentials, and class sizes. Rutgers University Director of the National Institute for Early Education W. Steven Barnett, says supporting children from lower-income families at the beginning of…

A different view of preschool, from the trenches

August 3, 2015 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Aisha Sultan

I worried about all the wrong things when my children were in preschool. I came to this realization after spending four months observing preschool teachers toil through a difficult year with a few hard-to-manage students. Eight years ago, my husband and I were entrenched in raising preschoolers. The 0-to-6-year-old dogma was drilled into us: This…

What do we value more: young kids or fast food?

July 28, 2015 Economics and FinanceWorkforce
Anya Kamenetz

“There’s a disconnect between our 21st century knowledge about early childhood teaching and these 20th century wages,” says Phillips. “We desperately need educated young people to be working with young children, but they look at this job and say, ‘It’s a pathway to poverty. I can’t pay my student loans if I do this.’ ”…

LAUSD board approves $8 billion budget with priority on salaries, restoring cuts

June 24, 2015 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Annie Gilbertson, Sarah Monte

The Los Angeles Unified school board blessed Superintendent Ramon Cortines’ $8 billion spending plan Tuesday, funneling a $820 million increase in state funding next school year into teacher raises, maintenance and other programs cut during the recession.   As California’s education budget grows to $53 billion, L.A Unified is one of many school districts using…

New grad program at UM focuses on early education

May 8, 2015 Workforce
Alice Miller

As attention has been drawn to the importance of early childhood education at both the state and federal level, a new University of Montana program is set to help advance training for teachers and others in the field. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Master of Education in early childhood education is the only degree…

Early Childhood Academies expand in NKY

April 28, 2015 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Community Recorder

Gov. Steve Beshear, Toyota and United Way on April 24 announced the expansion of innovative early childhood academies to 36 more schools across the state. The initiative is funded by Kentucky’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge federal grant and Toyota’s manufacturing operations in Kentucky.

Alabama Senate OKs education budget

April 14, 2015 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Kim Chandler

Legislation funds pre-K programs but omits pay raises for teachers

Pre-K teachers may lose business with Gov. Dayton’s pre-school proposal

March 29, 2015 Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityOutcomesState & LocalWorkforce
Paula Quam

 If Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has his way, all 4-year-olds will soon be going to school within their school districts, all day, every day. The creation of a universal pre-k system throughout the state would cost roughly $348 million and would be funded through the state’s surplus. Although it’s questionable that the proposal would pass, given…

The famous ‘word gap’ doesn’t hurt only the young. It affects many educators, too.

February 16, 2015 Workforce
Valerie Strauss

You have probably heard about what is called the “word gap” found in many low-income children, who were found in a famous 1995 research study to be exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate peers by age 3, and that this deficit affects literacy development. The word gap has been cited by…