pre-kindergarten (page 2)

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    Preschool: Disadvantaged children benefit, others don’t

    In yesterday’s Daily Journal column, John Hood argued that there is a case to be made for preschool programs that target low-income children.  He wrote, Since the 1960s, several small-scale experiments have demonstrated the potential long-term benefits of intervening early in the lives of poor children who lack stable,…
    Terry Stoops, March 6, 2012
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    N&O: Pre-k yay!

    “Study lauds role of early ed” is the headline of a story published in the News & Observer today.  It is a little misleading because The Abecedarian Project was unlike any “early ed” program that we have (or will have) in North Carolina. The Abecedarian study tracked the academic…
    Terry Stoops, January 20, 2012
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    NC wins federal pre-K grant

    North Carolina is one of nine states that will share $500 million in federal funds for early learning.  Other winners include: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington. Will this settle the NCGA/Perdue/Manning dispute over pre-kindergarten funding?…
    Terry Stoops, December 16, 2011
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    The Pre-K crystal ball

    The editors of the News & Observer crack me up. In their latest missive, they insist that state legislators should have seen Judge Howard Manning’s ruling on pre-kindergarten programs “from miles away.”  Really?  If it is was so obvious, then why didn’t the editors of the N&O see…
    Terry Stoops, August 9, 2011
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    More on the Manning mess

    Apparently, my discussion of Judge Howard Manning’s court order generated some misunderstanding.  So here are a few additional thoughts: 1. I do not condone judicial activism, even when the judge is a Republican like Manning.  I think I have made that clear.  Thus, I am (and will never…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2011
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    Judge Manning speaketh

    Here we go again. Judge Howard Manning, who oversees the Leandro school-adequacy lawsuit, issued an order that requires the NC General Assembly to revise a budget provision that caps at-risk student enrollment in state pre-kindergarten programs at 20 percent. This is a HUGE blow to the Leandro plaintiffs, who…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2011
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    Pre-K op-ed published three weeks late

    Today, the Charlotte Observer published an opinion piece by State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison and N.C. Partnership for Children Chairman Olson Huff. The title of the op-ed,  “Legislators: Time to put your money where your mouth is,” is interesting for a few reasons.  Let’s imagine that the…
    Terry Stoops, June 15, 2011
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    Trust us, we’re doctors

    Two weeks ago, researchers at Duke University released preliminary results of a study about pre-kindergarten programs in North Carolina.  According to the press release,  "North Carolina third-graders have higher standardized reading and math scores and lower special education placement rates in those counties that had received more funding for Smart Start and More at Four when those children were younger." A full report is not available, so we do not have access to many of the specifics of the study.  But researchers have released a Power Point presentation with a summary of the sample and methodology.  For example, the study sample includes "all children of the appropriate age in a county when the program is available, regardless of whether a child participated directly."  One of the limitations of the study is that it does not include "all children who have access to the program" because the researchers "lose some of them and treatment status for some is unclear."
    Terry Stoops, April 1, 2011