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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
May 14, 2014
Searching for new ways to boost third grade reading, but only if they show results
A program called the Early Literacy Social Innovation Fund initiative aims to move the needle on third-grade reading proficiency in Colorado by investing in rigorous evaluation of nine early literacy efforts in the state.
2014 session review
May 9, 2014
For education, 2014 session was all about the money
Money dominated the education debate during the 2014 legislative session, which ended with increased base funding for schools and money left over for some special programs. That doesn’t mean finance won’t be an issue again in 2015. And touchy subjects like testing were mostly left to the future.
April 28, 2014
Jeffco board balks at expanding free full-day kindergarten
A $600,000 proposal to expand free full-day kindergarten in Jeffco schools was recently voted down by the conservative-leaning board and has led to an outcry among supporters of the program who say free full-day is important for at-risk kids and can help the district meet its achievement goals.
April 24, 2014
Applications for school-based pre-K up 36 percent, city says
Applications for public school pre-kindergarten are up 36 percent over last year, the Department of Education announced Thursday. Overall, 41,603 applications came in for seats in…
April 14, 2014
Shelby County Schools to ask commission to fund pre-K, capital needs
As Shelby County Schools prepares to finalize its 2014-15 budget, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson II said he may ask the commission to fund a portion of…
April 14, 2014
City aims to close pre-K teacher pay gap with salary hikes
The city is moving to narrow the pay gap between pre-kindergarten teachers at community-based organizations and public schools, a divide that advocates have…
Show me the money
April 3, 2014
Innovative finance model could provide new path for early childhood services
An innovative financing tool called "Pay For Success" could fund new early childhood programs in Colorado. Under such programs, private investors pay upfront for social programs and government entities pay the investors back with interest if the desired outcomes and cost-savings are achieved.
March 29, 2014
Talking preschool, new education laws and school finance
Last week segment on Chalkbeat on Indiana Business featured a discussion that touched on Gov. Mike Pence’s preschool initiative, the just completed legislative session and Indianapolis Public Schools’ recent revelation that its past budgets were inflated.
March 29, 2014
Pre-K funds, charter school protections, and Common Core changes in state budget deal
New York State reached agreement for a new spending plan, allocating pre-K funds for New York City, effectively reversing Success Academy co-location reversals, and laying out a process for new city charter schools to receive facilities support.
March 27, 2014
Pence signs bill establishing preschool pilot program
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today signed into law a bill creating a preschool pilot program that was one of the centerpieces of his legislative agenda.
Adding it all up
March 24, 2014
More children now in poverty than during the recession, according to 2014 Kids Count
More children are living in poverty than during the 2008 recession and that number is growing. That's the latest from the 2014 KIDS COUNT report from Colorado Children's Campaign, the annual report on the state of child health, wellness and education.
March 21, 2014
Ballard aims to commit matching dollars for preschool
Mayor Greg Ballard will seek to offer about $100,000 for matching grants to boost Indianapolis preschools. In 2013, lawmakers approved a $2 million matching grant…
March 20, 2014
What my family got out of daycare that public pre-K could provide
A mother says she hopes the city's expansion of pre-kindergarten will provide the same kind of insight into child development, strategies to try at home, and dynamic social atmosphere that her children's daycare offered.
March 19, 2014
Preschool: Support reached the tipping point
Why was this time different for preschool at the statehouse? Two big factors: strong and growing support for early childhood education from business leaders and Pence’s evolving embrace of the idea of state aid for poor preschoolers over the past year.
Save the date
March 17, 2014
A tale of two districts and their kindergarten cut-off dates
Kindergarten entrance dates are a fraught subject for parents, and recent changes to the dates in two Colorado districts illustrate the anxiety and questions such changes provoke.
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