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January 16, 2019
State school board asks new Illinois governor to quintuple early childhood spending
The state board of education is putting Illinois’ new governor to the test with a $2.4 billion-plus request to fund a universal preschool system for 3- and 4-year-olds.
August 2, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on a high-speed timeline for his universal pre-K rollout
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has clearly articulated his vision for a free, universal prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds in Chicago, staging events throughout the…
February 1, 2017
Denver’s citywide effort to help poor children read better — explained
Lisa Roy recently became Denver Public Schools’ executive director of early education. We sat down with her to talk about a new effort called the Birth to Eight Roadmap.
August 22, 2016
Tennessee preschool selected as national model for fixing racial discipline gap
A Nashville preschool is one of two schools nationwide selected for $1 million grants, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
October 15, 2015
McQueen prioritizes literacy, early learning, teacher prep in five-year strategic plan
Tennessee's education chief announces a strategic plan to elevate Tennessee academically from one of the nation's lowest performing states to the top half in five years.
September 28, 2015
Landmark Tennessee study contradicts conventional wisdom about the power of pre-K
Although a Vanderbilt study suggests that Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program may negatively impact students by third grade, researchers caution against scrapping it.
September 4, 2014
Tennessee’s largest districts expand focus on pre-K despite Haslam’s hesitancy
Both of Tennessee's largest school districts, in Nashville and Memphis, are pushing not only to expand pre-K, but to make it more effective by increasing standards in Memphis and creating model centers in Nashville.
February 13, 2014
Rise & Shine: Former state board member takes over for scandal-plagued superintendent
December 16, 2011
New York not among Race to the Top early-learning winners
When the Obama administration announces winners of the second Race to the Top competition later today, New York will not be on the list. That's according to the Associated Press, which reports that nine states are sharing the $500 million in funding for early childhood programs. Those states are California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, a source at the U.S. Department of Education told the AP. Being shut out means New York will not get federal funding to build a "kindergarten readiness measurement tool" — or a test that all children would take when they enter school. The state had been eligible to receive as much as $100 million. The nine winners are culled from 35 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, that applied for the federal funds this fall.
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