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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
August 20, 2014
Charter school for teen parents finalizes location in northwest Aurora
A new charter school for pregnant and parenting teens will open in the fall of 2015 in a new building that will be constructed on the site of a former bowling alley on the west side of Aurora.
August 13, 2014
New kindergarten assessments voluntary this year, mandatory next year
Many Colorado school districts are piloting the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment in their kindergarten classrooms this year in anticipation of mandatory statewide implementation next year.
August 12, 2014
Buery defends pre-K guidelines issued to religious schools
After the inclusion of religious schools in New York City’s pre-K expansion efforts drew criticism, a top city official took to the airwaves on Tuesday…
August 12, 2014
Pre-K money will be split between two suburbs, ASD and Shelby County Schools
More pre-K classrooms will be coming to four districts across Shelby County by Sept. 2. Shelby County Schools, the Achievement School District, Bartlett City Schools and Millington Municipal Schools will each receive funds for new pre-K classrooms, according to the Shelby County Schools Education Foundation, which is administering the funds.
August 6, 2014
Two half-day pre-K programs do not a full day make, policy brief says
Since announcing his dramatic pre-K expansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly promised “high quality, full-day” seats. But a new policy brief suggests…
August 1, 2014
New programs for teen parents on the way in Aurora
Three new programs for pregnant and parenting teens will unfold over the next 12 months in Aurora with the goal of expanding educational opportunities for a group with historically low graduation rates.
July 31, 2014
To prepare for the first day of school, a lesson on dinosaurios
“Hoy vamos a jugar un juego de dinosaurios! Quien sabe cual es mi dinosaurio favorito? Es tiranosaurio rex!” So began a lesson on dinosaurs — nearly…
July 30, 2014
Ballard's education plan praised for boldness
Mayor Greg Ballard won praise today for his $50 million plan to combat crime with programs that aim to get kids in school sooner and keep them there longer. Under his proposal, city and private dollars would aim to send 1,300 more poor children to preschool, while also studying ways to reduce class time older students lose to suspension, expulsion or by dropping out of school.
July 30, 2014
$50 million preschool push a centerpiece of Ballard's plan to cut crime
Mayor Greg Ballard today announced major new education initiatives aimed in part at combating an upswing in violence in Indianapolis, most notably a $50…
July 30, 2014
Ballard hopes big money leads more kids to better preschools
A $25 million investment into early education by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is the most recent sign of momentum for early education in the state. The mayor's announcement follows the state pumping money into preschool, Indianapolis Public Schools expanding its plans for preschool and new collaborations between private providers and charter schools.
July 28, 2014
Shelby County Schools’ pathway to pre-K funds runs through foundation with suburban roots
Shelby County commissioners who voted last week to spend $3 million on expanding prekindergarten access are finding that they don’t control where the money will go. That’s because the commission earmarked the funds not directly to Shelby County Schools, but to a small foundation that has strong ties to the suburban districts that have left SCS and whose plans for the funds are unclear.
July 22, 2014
Marion County selected as pilot county for Pence’s pre-k program
Low-income four-year-olds in Marion County next year will have a new route to preschool. Gov. Mike Pence announced today that Marion County was selected, along…
July 21, 2014
County Commission approves $3 million to expand pre-K
The Shelby County Commission will give $3 million to the Shelby County Education Foundation to expand prekindergarten this year, according to local media…
July 17, 2014
County commission will consider giving SCS $6 million for pre-K
The County Commission’s education committee voted on Wednesday to provide an extra $6 million to Shelby County Schools for pre-kindergarten classes. But the initiative was…
Toddlers on the ballot
July 16, 2014
Denver council committee OKs preschool ballot question
The Denver City Council Government and Finance Committee approved proposed ballot language asking voters to hike and extend a sales tax to fund the Denver Pre-School Program 3-1. Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz opposes the tax.
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