May 2013 Archives

My former colleagues at the New America Foundation write about a new piece by Kristie Kauerz on why elementary school principals should care about the PreK-3rd years and the critical role they play in building PreK-3rd alignment in their schools and communities. I also wrote about this for the Foundation for Child Development a while back....


I'm sure that people far more knowledgeable about higher education innovation than I have plenty of smart and well-informed things to say about Nathan Heller's recent New Yorker piece on elite universities' entry into the MOOC market. So I'll offer only three observations. First, it's refreshing to read an article in an elite media publication that actually acknowledges that there's a lot more to higher ed than Ivy League schools and state flagship universities. Second, while a minor point in the overall piece, I found this discussion of assessment striking, given the widespread derision of "bubble tests" in K-12 education ...


Big announcement from HHS today on proposed new regulations that would significantly expand regulation of childcare providers receiving subsidies through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), a federal program that provides funds to states to help them provide childcare subsidies to low-income parents. This is a big deal. I haven't had time to read the proposed regulations (all 199 pages of them) yet, so I'll hold off on commenting on the substance for now. What I will say is that this looks a lot like the Obama administration is extending to child care an approach it's already taken with ...


I have a post up at the Quick and the Ed today arguing that the District of Columbia, where I live and serve on the Board overseeing D.C. charter schools, is perhaps the best place in the country for 3- and 4-year-old pre-k. Astute readers of that post may be asking themselves, "If D.C. is doing such a good job on preschool, why did NIEER's State Preschool Yearbook rate D.C.'s charter preschool programs as meeting only 2 out of 10 NIEER standards? How can these programs be good if they meet only 20% of quality standards?" ...


In light of the recently released NIEER report showing significant state cuts in preschool funding, I decided to look and see how states that receive Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grants from the Department of Education fared in terms of preschool funding and access in 2011-12. After all, Early Learning Challenge Grant funds were supposed to reward state that had made significant commitments to quality early childhood education. So states that got the grants should have been less likely to make funding or access cuts in preschool than others, right? Wrong. A cursory glance shows that several ELC ...


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