Public schools face relentless criticism. But this Valentine’s Day, we’re taking a step back to reflect on the things we love about public schools.
NEPC Resources on Early Childhood Education
Preschool programs are attracting a lot of attention these days but are they wisely designed and getting the support they need to live up to their potential to change children’s lives?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced the No Child Left Behind Act with great fanfare and enthusiasm.
Research-Based Options for Education Policymaking is a 10-part brief that takes up important policy issues and identifies policies supported by research. Each section focuses on a different issue, and its recommendations for policymakers are based on the latest scholarship.
Learning Gains Depend on Joining Outcome Goals to Sufficient and Smart Inputs
Fifteen educational scholars have produced a collection of letters to President-elect Obama. Each letter briefly sets forth an idea or proposal to help create a more productive and equitable educational system. The letters cover the gamut of key policy issues facing the next administration, including reading instruction, No Child Left Behind, the expansion of preschool availability, charter schools, special education, the effects of poverty, and the teaching of English learners.
Over the last several decades, participation in center-based preschool programs has become much more common, and public support for these programs has grown dramatically. Nevertheless, participation remains far from universal, and policies vary across states, as well as across options such as private child care, preschools, Head Start, and state pre-K. Since policy makers typically have more alternatives than money, they face key questions about the value of preschool education, whom it should serve or subsidize, and which program designs are best.
This series of policy briefs examining education reform in Florida finds that the results of the state's aggressive school-reform program have been mixed, and that the state's actions often do not match its rhetoric when it comes to implementing reforms.
Each of the following sections can be found in downloadable format below. The separate Executive Summaries can be found here.
Institution: Rutgers University
First-Ever Preschool Yearbook Calls for Increased State and Federal Funding. The report is available at: http://epsl.asu.edu/epru/documents/EPRU-0402-56-RW.pdf
Author: Rep. Patsy T. Mink (D-Hawaii) Source: U.S. House of Representatives A bill "to establish comprehensive early childhood education programs, early childhood education staff development programs, model Federal Government early childhood education programs, and for other purposes."