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The Politics of Pre-K: How A Program Known to Help Poor Mothers Could Doom Your Candidacy 22.9.2014 American Prospect
  (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) In Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race, education has emerged as one of the most heated issues. A Quinnipiac University poll released this month found education ranked as the most important issue for voters, after jobs and the economy. Despite contentious politics surrounding reform of public education from kindergarten through twelfth grade, Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf have discovered that plugging expansion of pre-kindergarten programs wins them political points without treading into treacherous waters. That is, as long as they don’t mention the mothers who will benefit the most. The governor’s record is haunted by his 2011 budget, from which he cut nearly $900 million in public education funds—a decrease of more than 10 percent. The severe cuts have garnered national attention , particularly for Philadelphia—the state’s largest school district—which wrestled with a $304 million cut this past school year. Last year, a GOP ...
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Thoughtful Parenting: Connecting with family 15.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Last month I visited out-of-state family and was reminded of the influence and value of multi-generational relationships. Four generations celebrated birthdays, reminisced, made new memories and, of course, navigated conflict. Some of my favorite moments are in the mundane activities: getting coffee, running errands and laughing at silly kid (and adult) antics. I wondered what I could do to continue to make meaningful family connections at a distance. Having extended family members involved in your child’s life can be a rewarding and important part in your child’s development. Whether you live near or far, it also can be complicated, lonely and inconvenient. We want children to experience parts of relationships we appreciated as children, but avoid those that were difficult. Passing on family and cultural traditions is important, too, and often, it doesn’t feel the same without everyone present to play their part. You may wish for day-to-day connections, like making a favorite family recipe or singing ...
Education Briefs 14.9.2014 Durango Herald
Local students study abroad through FLCThese local students studied abroad through the International Programs Office at Fort Lewis College:Taylor Cunningham of Pagosa Springs studied at Universidad AndréBello in Santiago, Chile.Victoria Issac of Durango studied at Universidad AndréBello in Santiago, Chile.
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Police: 2 boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist 13.9.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two juvenile suspects have confessed to picking clean a pumpkin patch that was cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers, police said Friday.
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Police: 2 boys confess to preschool pumpkin heist from New Mexico center 12.9.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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New Mexico pilferers plunder Portales preschool pumpkin patch 12.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Children chide the cheats, asking Why didnt they just ask permission? We would have given them the pumpkins

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Economics Daily Digest: Funding universal preschool means taking banks to task 11.9.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Bright Future Chicago Pushes for Universal Preschool ( Chicago Tonight ) Roosevelt Institute Fellow Saqib Bhatti explains one way that universal preschool could be funded: Chicago could pursue legal claims against banks for bad interest rate swap deals. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Requiring Employers to Give Paid Sick Leave ( The Sacramento Bee ) California is the second state to enact state-wide paid sick leave, but David Siders reports that labor groups aren't in full support of the new law because it excludes home health care workers. Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility ( CAP ) Rebecca Vallas and Joe Valenti explain how asset limits on social safety net programs prevent low-income families from building necessary economic stability, and lay out a plan for reform. The Federal Reserve's Too Cozy Relations With Banks ( WSJ ...
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Pumpkin patch stolen from New Mexico preschool 11.9.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Thieves have stolen a pumpkin patch from an eastern New Mexico preschool.
Virus hospitalizes hundreds of kids in Midwest and South 8.9.2014 Washington Post

Preston Sheldon’s mother said he seemed fine when she took him to preschool on Tuesday. Minutes later, according to News Channel 4, the Kansas City mom got a call that her 3-year-old was having trouble breathing.

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This week in the war on workers: New York expands pre-K, but inequalities remain 6.9.2014 Daily Kos
Universal pre-kindergarten was one of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's most-touted plans, only to be eviscerated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Still, New York City and, to a lesser extent, other cities in the state, are significantly expanding pre-K programs this year. But while pre-K has been presented as—and can truly be—a way to battle inequality by leveling the educational playing field from an early age and reducing childcare costs, pre-K programs as they exist include their share of inequalities , as Sarah Jaffe picks apart. The inadequate, unstable funding is a start—sure, tens of thousands more children will be in the programs this year, but what about three years from now? And what about the kids who there isn't room for even this year? Some 1,000 new positions were created this year between public schools and [community-based early childhood centers], and so far, not all of those jobs are created equal. In the public schools, teachers will be employees of the New York City Department of Education ...
Steamboat briefs: Tumble Tykes classes held Thursday mornings at gym 6.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer presents Tumble Tykes, a preschool tumble class for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Steamboat Rocky Mountain Cheer gym,1880 Loggers Lane, Unit C. Participants must preregister. Contact Summer McParland for information at 727-424-1373 or srmcheer@yahoo.com . The cost for members is $8, and nonmembers are $10 per class, with a $10 yearly registration. All proceeds go toward the cheer program. Routt County Riders hosts workday on Sunshine Trail Routt County Riders will lead trail workdays on the Sunshine Trail on Mount Werner from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in September, weather permitting. Volunteers are invited to assist with the trail re-routing project and should meet at the Knoll Parking Lot on Mount Werner Circle at 8:45 a.m. for transportation to the work area. Workers can bring their bikes and ride down following the trail work session. Sessions are planned for Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Tools will be provided; volunteers should wear ...
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Fired for jury duty, woman gets her job back 6.9.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
A worker at a Hopkins day care is back on the job thanks to a judge’s quick intervention.
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Missouri governor kept routine after Michael Brown shooting, records show 5.9.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Questions raised over whether Jay Nixon, a Democrat, should have responded faster to increasingly tense situation in Ferguson

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Records: Gov. Nixon kept routine after shooting 5.9.2014 AP National
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was flying out of St. Louis around noon on Aug. 9, about the same time as a white policeman was fatally shooting an unarmed black 18-year-old a couple of miles from where Nixon had just delivered a college commencement speech....
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APNewsBreak: Records show Missouri governor kept routine schedule days after police shooting 5.9.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling 4.9.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
New York City is scrambling to make good on its promise to provide preschool for all. That means hiring roughly 1,000 new teachers. But few will likely be men.
The Fight for Universal Pre-K: New York Charts a Checkered Path Toward Equal Early Education 3.9.2014 Truthout.com

2014 903 prek fwNew York City mayor Bill De Blasio promotes universal pre-kindergarten at P.S. 20 in Lower East Side, NY, April 5, 2013. (Photo: Bill de Blasio)

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio touted universal pre-kindergarten as a way to fight inequality. But the program shows inequalities of its own.

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Finally, all-day K makes Minnesota debut 3.9.2014 Star Tribune: Editorials
It took 30 years, but Minnesota will benefit for decades to come.
Steamboat briefs: Hayden Public Library to be closed today and Monday 30.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Hayden Public Library will be closed today and Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day. The library will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 2. Yoga Center to offer yoga at the top of the gondola The Yoga Center of Steamboat will offer yoga at the top of the gondola Sunday. The class will be from 10 to 11 a.m. The gondola opens at 9.30 a.m. and is free for season pass holders or $22. Routt County Riders will lead a trail workday Routt County Riders will lead a trail workday on the Sunshine Trail on Mount Werner from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Volunteers are invited to assist with the trail re-routing project and should meet at the Knoll Parking Lot on Mount Werner Circle at 8:45 a.m. for transportation to the work area. Workers can to bring their bikes and ride down after the trail work session. Tools will be provided; volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, backpacks, sunscreen, rain gear, caps and water. After the work session, volunteers can enjoy a snack from Honey Stinger, lunch donated by a local ...
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Lake Elmo woman ID'd brother-in-law as shooter, document says 27.8.2014 Twincities.com: Local

A court document shed new light Monday on what happened inside the Wisconsin home where authorities said a former sheriff's deputy killed his wife and her sister last week.

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