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Making Strides for Preschool

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New York City received a lot of attention recently with a bold promise made to some of its youngest residents: Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a campaign to fund full-day public preschool for all New York City children through a modest increased income tax on residents making more than $500,000 a year. Although Mayor de Blasio's tax proposal was not approved by the state legislature or supported by New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislature did approve statewide funding for pre-K that included a $300 million increase for New York City's preschool program. New York City is moving forward for children -- and it isn't the only major city and school district making strides towards providing high-quality public preschool programs to as many children as possible. Several large districts that have been doing this for a while are already seeing strong results.

Program Flying Homeless Back To Mainland Sparks Concerns

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU -- A program that would help fly homeless people in Hawaii back to the mainland is being greeted with skepticism by the state's human service...

Woman Who Reported Finding Baby On Beach Arrested

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime

HONOLULU -- A day after a woman reported finding an abandoned newborn crying in the sand on a Hawaii beach, police arrested her and revealed she's the...

Mississippi Town Sued Over 'School-To-Prison' Pipeline

Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Federal civil rights lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Meridian, Mississippi and other defendants in which they accuse city officials of operating ...

Feds: City Routinely Violates Basic Student Rights

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 08.11.2012 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. -- Officials in east Mississippi operate a "school-to-prison pipeline" that incarcerates students for disciplinary infractions as minor...

Comptroller Allegedly Embezzled Millions To Fund Horse Breeding Business [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Municipal budgets around the country have been squeezed tight in recent years, and a city official in one town allegedly exacerbated those financial w...

A New Twist In The Chandler Grafner Starvation Death Case

Posted 12.08.2011 | Denver

In 2007, 7-year-old Chandler Grafner was sealed in a closet by his foster parents, denied food and water and left to wallow in his own urine and feces...

Stimulus Grant To Create 15,000 $10-An-Hour Jobs In Illinois

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ten dollar-an-hour jobs could soon be available for more than 15,000 Illinoisans. That's after the state was awarded federal funds through the stimul...

Colorado Department Of Human Services Inexplicably Dropped Report On Death On 20-Day-Old Infant

The Coloradoan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A state review of the 2008 death of a 20-day-old Fort Collins boy "got dropped along the line somewhere," a Department of Human Services spokeswoman s...