September 2011 Archives

Chicago schools' CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has dedicated $15 million to bring full-day programs to 6,000 more students in more than 50 schools.

Pre-K Now's final report advocates shifting state and federal policymaking in education toward a prekindergaten-through-12 system.

Yesterday, the Education Law Center, which represents the plaintiffs in New Jersey's Abbott school funding case, announced that New Jersey has increased pre-K funds to its 31 poorest districts to comply with the preschool aid component of the state's education funding formula. The budget signed by Gov. Chris Christie in July increased K-12 money by $450 million for urban students and $300 million for other districts, but included no additional preschool money. In May, Christie's attempt to cut school funding by $1.6 billion was ruled unconstitutional by the state's Supreme Court, and the court ordered funds restored to the ...

Idaho's Department of Education has recommended the state sit out the current Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant competition, the Associated Press reports.

San Francisco is creating college savings accounts for kindergartners in half the city's public schools, with plans to expand to all schools in fall 2012.

Today's new-school-year guest reflection is from Skokie Mom, whose daughter started kindergarten in this northwestern suburb of Chicago in late August.

Final federal rules for programs serving infants and toddlers with disabilities are out, plus information for states applying for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

A few friends with children in the years between preschool and 3rd grade will share their back-to-school reflections. First up: parents' night in Montgomery County, Md.

Erikson Institute, in Chicago, launches an early-learning project for which it received a federal Investing in Innovation grant.

More than a third of Chicago kindergartners missed 18 days of school or more in 2009-10, says an article that suggests half-day programs may contribute to poor attendance.

U.S.Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., heard from experts in the child-care field on ways to improve the rules for states using federal child-care subsidies.

Some local pre-K programs in North Carolina are looking to line up partners that could offer spots if additional money is forthcoming.

Elanna Yalow, chief academic oficer of global-learning programs for Knowledge Universe, which owns of KinderCare, answers questions about private child-care providers and the federal Early Learning Challenge.


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