Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Works: Early Education

What Works: Early Education

Large-Scale Early Education Linked to Higher Living Standards and Crime Prevention 25 Years Later

ScienceDaily (June 10, 2011) — High-quality early education has a strong, positive impact well into adulthood, according to research led by Arthur Reynolds, co-director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative and professor of child development, and Judy Temple, a professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The study is the longest follow-up ever of an established large-scale early childhood program.
In the study published June 9 in the journal Science, Reynolds and Temple (with co-authors Suh-Ruu Ou, Irma Arteaga, and Barry White) report on more than 1,400 individuals whose well-being has been tracked for as much as 25 years. Those who had participated in an early childhood program beginning at age 3 showed higher levels of educational attainment, socioeconomic status, job skills, and health insurance coverage as well as lower rates of substance abuse, felony arrest, and incarceration than those who received the usual early childhood services.

Haverford School Board seeking NCLB relief

By LOIS PUGLIONESI
Times Correspondent
HAVERFORD — Haverford School Board directors recently approved a resolution requesting regulatory relief from what they described as "unfair and overly burdensome" provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Has your board taken action on NCLB?
NSBA has  developed a petition that is written as a resolution to assist you in taking action.
Please consider:
a) adopting the resolution and sending it to Secretary Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202 or email it to arne.duncan@ed.gov  and cc Kathleen Branch at kbranch@nsba.org so that we can stay abreast of how the campaign is going;
b) sending a copy of the resolution to your Senators and Representatives in Congress with a cover letter explaining the need for deregulation through general rules by the Department of Education—not waivers (you can use NSBA's Online Guide to Congress to send the resolution via email to your members of Congress which automatically cc's Kathleen Branch. Email is preferred as regular U.S. mail can take several weeks to reach your members of Congress.); and
c) make sure you register your action on the online petition located on the AASA website.
You can sign the petition as an individual or have your school board adopt it as a formal resolu

New York Times: LETTER

Invitation to a Dialogue: Fixing the Schools

Diane Ravitch Published: July 5, 2011

As Budgets Are Trimmed, Time in Class Is Shortened

New York Times By SAM DILLON, Published: July 5, 2011
After several years of state and local budget cuts, thousands of school districts across the nation are gutting summer-school programs, cramming classes into four-day weeks or lopping days off the school year, even though virtually everyone involved in education agrees that American students need more instruction time.


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