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September 22, 2014

New Preschool Poll Shows Voters in North Carolina Ready to Invest in Early Ed.

Results of the poll were shared with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and the state's Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis, who are in the nation's closest mid-term election race.

April 09, 2013

Transparency Watch: Head Start Contest Leaves Us Scratching Our Heads

Guest post by Nirvi Shah So which of the Head Start providers on a watch list by the federal government didn't make the cut during the first attempt at accountability for the decades-old pre-K program? It's hard to say. And the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services won't, either. Last week...

April 05, 2013

Obama Would Pay for Pre-K Program by Raising Tobacco Taxes

The administration reportedly proposes covering at least part of the prekindergarten expansion by raising federal taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

March 11, 2013

Lawmakers Eye Early Childhood Expansion

Legislators have taken an interest in early childhood education.

October 20, 2011

Early-Learning Race to Top Contests: 35 State Applicants

The Early Learning Challenge Fund, a Race to the Top competition, has drawn interest from 35 states, plus D.C., who are competing for awards from $50 million to $100 million.

December 08, 2010

House Dems Include Money for Race to the Top 2.0 in Giant Spending Bill

Leaders in the Democratic-for-now House of Representatives have included $550 million to extend the Race to the Top program in a big, giant spending bill that finances most government programs at last year's levels until Sept. 30.

November 06, 2008

Item 1 on Obama's To-Do List: Expand Pre-K Programs?

For all the talk of how the already overdue reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act will present a major test for President-elect Obama, some are betting that the first education item on the new administration's to-do list will be expanding pre-K programs.

September 17, 2008

Stepping Up For Kids

Voters need to keep children's issues, including health and social welfare, in mind as they head to the ballot box, a coalition of advocacy groups and professional associations says.

December 20, 2007

Biden's Memorable Education Plan

Although Democratic candidate Joe Biden says education will be his top domestic priority if elected president, his plan to fix public schools apparently isn't very remarkable, or memorable, at least to the Associated Press. A story that moved on the AP wires today declared: "Democrat Joe Biden unve...

November 28, 2007

'Only Bill Richardson Has a Bold Plan for Our Schools'

That's the opening line of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's new television ad that's running in Iowa. I question the "only" and the "bold" part of his claim. His "bold plan," if elected president: getting rid of the No Child Left Behind Act, expanding prekindergarten, paying teachers more, and ex...

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