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Another Zombie Idea

Yasmina Vinci | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Yasmina Vinci

A zombie idea persists when it's "one of those things that everyone important thinks is true because everyone they know says it's true." A prime example is the oft-repeated citation of the Head Start Impact Study as proof positive that Head Start does not work.

America as a Tale of Two Neighborhoods

Steven Strauss | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Steven Strauss

Over the past generation, we've had ever-widening income inequality, combined with (at best) stagnant upward mobility and continued de facto segregation/discrimination. This isn't a good picture of civil society.

Pre-K Learning: How Young is Really Necessary?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama brought up the topic of universal Pre-Kindergarten learning and praised the programs alre...

Declaration on the Well-Being of NYC's Children

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.18.2014 | Education
Jeffrey Sachs

We call attention to the overwhelming evidence that investing in the health and education of children is the highest-return investment available to society. We recognize the critical role of parents and a range of support programs that enrich the years of early development.

A Million Dollar Opportunity for Mothers

George Halvorson | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

We can now predict with a high level of accuracy by age three which children will be able to read.

It's Common Sense to Come Together for Our Kids

Chris Dodd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Chris Dodd

When we served together in the Senate, we found ourselves on different sides of a variety of issues. But when it came to common-sense measures that benefitted our country and our citizens, we pulled together.

Does Obama's Early Education Proposal Have a Chance?

David Kirp | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
David Kirp

If early education is done well -- and the Obama plan builds in safeguards designed to assure quality -- there's abundant evidence that it's the smartest investment we can make in children's futures.

Early Learning on Speaker Pérez's Budget To-Do List

Catherine Atkin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

With California's economy rebounding and the state budget stabilizing, we now face a critical choice about how to invest in our future.

The Hell Of American Day Care

www.newrepublic.com | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents

It was 5:30 in the morning when Kenya Mire looked down at her baby girl, Kendyll, who was curled up tight on a foldaway crib. "Night, night," Kendyll ...

President Proposes Landmark Investment in Early Learning

Catherine Atkin | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

As a bellwether for innovation and home to one out of every eight children in America, California will play a vital role in fulfilling the president's vision for early learning.

Joy Resmovits

No Preschool For You, Some States May Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's "Preschool for All" initiative in his 2014 2014 budget proposal is billed as a way to make sure every American child can atte...

A Matter of Basic Fairness and Opportunity

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
Bruce Lesley

A 21st century education system must be built on the solid foundation provided by high-quality early childhood education for every child.

The Looming Fight Over Obama's Pre-K Plan: It's Not Just About the Money

Barbara Beatty | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Barbara Beatty

There is a less discussed fight looming within the ranks of early childhood educators themselves, and it's over more than money and preschool effects. It's about the kind of preschool education President Obama is proposing.

Teach Your Children Well

Ron Berler | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Ron Berler

A teacher can't force-feed the importance of early education on disengaged parents, any more than he or she can legislate that parents learn English, or become more involved in their child's schooling.

Lessons From Pre-K That Work

| Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University. By Jackie Ma...

NYC Can't Afford a Late Start to Early Education

Bill de Blasio | Posted 04.17.2013 | New York
Bill de Blasio

President Obama gets it. Governor Cuomo gets it. Now, we need a mayor who recognizes the need for a game-changing overhaul of our schools that starts with getting early education right. Anything less, and we are leaving our kids behind.

Investment in the Middle Class: Obama's Biggest Boost to Education?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Students who spent the night in a homeless shelter, rather than their own beds, may be confused or ashamed, and may lose not only cognitive but social skills. Obama's focus on putting more Americans back to work thus has the potential to right many of the educational wrongs that these children have suffered.

Mississippi Debate Over Charters, School Reform Evokes Broader Racial Divide

| Sarah Carr | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. Mississippi lawmaker Kenneth Wayne Jones, a Democrat, briefly became a political pariah la...

Commission Recommends Core Changes To Education

Newsday | John Hildebrand | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education

Students seeking admission to SUNY schools of education should be required to have grade-point averages of at least 3.0, with the aim of boosting teac...

2nd Term Education Agenda Driven By Uncertainty, Things That Can't Wait

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 01.19.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's education agenda for next four years may look less like real reform and more like tying up loose ends, exp...

Mississippi Budget Pushes For Literacy, Merit Pay Over Pre-K

| Jackie Mader | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Mississippi will probably not fund or create public pre-kindergarten op...

Forward for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

To move forward, America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future. Leaders must craft budget solutions that will protect the already porous safety nets on which so many children and families rely.

Julian Castro: Pre-K 4 SA Passage Shows Belief In Education, Opportunity For Future Prosperity

Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

Voters in San Antonio, Texas narrowly passed a pre-kindergarten initiative that would create a full-day program for 22,400 4-year-olds over eight year...

Connecticut Moms Shut Out Of Pre-K Spots Start Montessori Petition

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Parents who feel shut out of New Haven pre-K spots have proposed a school reform idea of ...

Joy Resmovits

Mitt Romney, Barack Obama Fall Short On Specifics For Early Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education

During Mitt Romney's tenure as governor, he had one-on-one meetings with Patricia Haddad, the Massachusetts Democratic House Speaker Pro Tempore, prec...