Funding education in budget crunch. Plus: pre-k programs and economic stimulus

February 4, 2009 | Alex Stone

Tom Koenninger Feb. 4: Education valued amid tight budget: Against the backdrop of a massive deficit, and motivated by anxiety, this 61st session of the Washington State Legislature promises to be unlike any other in modern times.

Curriculum and Quality in Pre-k Programs: As states and the federal government seek to expand access to high-quality pre-k programs, developing a stronger understanding of the value and nature of quality pre-k curriculum is essential to the success of these efforts.

A New Start for Title 1? Ed Zigler Weighs In: The possibility and promise of a new administration and new spending requires reporters to shine a light on which early childhood programs are effective, rather than to simply report the amount of money earmarked for new initiatives. Yale University psychology professor Edward Zigler offers some concrete suggestions that are worth a close read.

Obama’s stimulus plan to boost economy begins at home: President Barack Obama is pushing a different type of first aid for the ailing economy through Congress — one that sees families and their daily worries about child care and education as a key to our economic recovery.

Obama economic plan now tops $900B: The cost of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan now exceeds $900 billion after the Senate added money for medical research and tax breaks for car purchases.

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