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  • Parents' Rebellion against Mandatory Pre-Nursery Schools

    02/08/2015 3:51:43 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 02/08/2015 | Gil Ronen
    Thousands of parents nationwide are up in arms over a law that makes it mandatory to send all children from age 32 months to pre-nursery schools that are either state operated or state-approved, starting this year. The law has existed on paper since 1984, but only enforced for ages 5 and up. Following the recommendations filed by the Trajtenberg Committee, which was formed following the massive leftist-organized “social justice” protests of 2011, it was decided to enforce it for ages 3-4. It conforms with leftist ideals of collective education in state institutions, with the nuclear family taking a back seat....
  • Welcome to TotCare: Obama's Preschool Takeover

    12/09/2014 10:33:03 PM PST · by bd476 · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Townhall Welcome to TotCare: Obama's Preschool Takeover Michelle Malkin | December 10, 2014 The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, just like the endless cycles of big, bad government programs to federalize preschool and daycare. On Wednesday, the White House Summit on Early Education will unveil nearly $1 billion in new "investments" to "expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America" from "birth and continuing to age 5." It's a retread of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union school-spending plan, which was a repackaging of his 2011 Race to the Top Early...
  • Sec. of Education: Gov't Funded Preschool a 'Social Movement' Compares to Civil Rights, Gay Marriage

    11/06/2014 11:38:52 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 6, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says government funded universal preschool is a “social movement” and compared it to civil rights and gay marriage during a speech in Los Angeles last month. “At the end of the day for me this is really a social movement,” Duncan said when discussing federally subsidized preschool at the LA Universal Preschool (LAUP) forum on Oct. 21. “If you look at social movements, we all celebrate what happened in the 1960’s. The civil rights movement was extraordinarily powerful, life transforming, earth shattering. But the question I have is, why didn’t the civil rights...
  • Government pre-schools are limiting parental choice

    08/23/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 37 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/23/14 | Steve Berman
    Parents sending their three- and four-year olds to preschool are facing increasing pressure to use government schools, as secular, elitist educators use government funding as a back door to remove parental choice from pre-school options. Alabama’s First Class program is growing quickly, using federal funds from the popular Head Start program to extend restrictive government regulations to preschools who agree to accept public money.  Hiding under the blanket of “ensuring quality”, these regulations cover every aspect of pre-school education. First Class funding casts a net over preschool programs, supporting those that agree to restrictive government regulations. An extensive list of...
  • This Is Test Your 4-Year-Old Would Need To Pass To Get Into An Elite New York City Kindergarten

    07/07/2014 1:06:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/07/2014 | AMY ZIMMER, DNAINFO.COM
    Test Yourself Are you smart enough to get into private kindergarten? Take this test from Bright Kids NYC and find out how you fare on AABL practice questions. Question 1 of 5 Which flag completes the pattern? MANHATTAN — Some of the city's most elite private schools will soon require 4-year-olds to take a new, harder admissions test given on an iPad and designed to assess math and literacy skills. The educational services company ERB's Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) will be given for the first time in October and is a significant departure from the previous, IQ-like test most New York...
  • WATCH: Adorable boy comforts girl on first day of preschool: "Don't worry, I'll protect you"

    07/03/2014 2:56:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.dramafever.com ^ | july 1, 2014 | nancy z
    This delightful video was taken on a girl's first day at a kindergarten. She's clearly worried. The boy sitting next to her, however, is very comforting and reassuring. The video has been trending in Taiwan and people are commenting how 'manly' this little boy is. Their hilarious dialogue has struck a chord with the viewers and the video has become very popular.
  • Yet Another Pre-School Program?

    03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    When some people hear that the president has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, “Great idea. It’s about time!” But they’d say this, surely, because they’re unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. And no fewer than 12 of them are explicitly designed to provide early childhood education. The rest, however, also allow funds to be used for that purpose. So if the federal government is already bankrolling -- excuse me, if you and I and other taxpayers are already bankrolling...
  • Disproportionate Numbers of Black Kids Being Suspended from Preschool Programs

    03/24/2014 6:02:10 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 109 replies
    Afro ^ | 3/21/14
    Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools—and they're disproportionately Black, a trend that continues up through the later grades. Data released March 21 by the Education Department's civil rights arm finds that Black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students were suspended more than once. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child. Advocates have long said that get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students, but much of the...
  • Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension

    03/21/2014 7:15:01 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 63 replies
    www.wtop.com ^ | 3/21/14 | Jesse J Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools -- even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department's civil rights arm. The suspensions -- and disparities -- begin at the earliest grades. Black children represent about 18 percent of children in preschool programs in schools, but they make up almost half of the preschoolers who are suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools...
  • Obama Budget Proposal Pushes for $750 Million for Universal Preschool

    03/04/2014 6:31:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 4, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama pushed for at least $750 million in targeted funds in his $3.9 trillion 2015 budget to lay the foundation for universal preschool programs. Obama spoke at a D.C. elementary school that participates in a pre-kindergarten program. "Research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education," Obama wrote in his introductory budget message about his desire to expand preschool to all four-year olds. "I am again calling on the Congress to make high-quality preschool available to every four-year-old child." Questions have been raised, though, about how...
  • Head Start: Preschool Proponents Should Admit to Shortcomings

    02/21/2014 4:37:15 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 19, 2014 | Lindsey Burke
    Are Americans really longing for “Head Start-like programs” for their children? So argues Eleanor Clift in a recent article for the Daily Beast. Clift praises El Centro Rosemount, a preschool center in Washington, D.C., that serves children from affluent families and students in the federal Head Start program.As the day care center notes, it’s one of the few such centers in the country that cares for students in Head Start along with students from tuition-paying households. Visiting the center and observing the students led Clift to the conclusion that Rosemount “epitomizes the value of early schooling.”Rosemount, however, might be the...
  • Obama's Cash for Universal Preschool Clunkers

    12/11/2013 6:37:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December11, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    It's elementary: When Democrats find themselves in political trouble, they reach for your wallets. After squandering billions on an ineffectual stimulus, failed green energy boondoggles and the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Obama White House wants to dump $75 billion more into "free" preschool for all. That'll solve everything. Government-funded universal pre-K is a moldy oldie of the progressive left, recycled perennially by Democratic presidential speechwriters in need of State of the Union address padding. But this time, the Fed Ed crowd is redoubling its efforts with support from big-business statists and academic shills. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, once...
  • New Evidence Raises Doubts on Obama's Preschool for All

    11/21/2013 5:57:59 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 4 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | 11-20-2013 | Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, Brookings Institution
    Last week legislation was introduced in the Senate and House to create federally funded universal pre-k for 4-year-olds. The details of the legislation are largely consistent with the White House proposal, called Preschool for All, that was announced in the president's state of the union address in February. .... Senator Harkin, the lead author of the Senate version of the legislation, declared that "Decades of research tell us that … early learning is the best investment we can make to prepare our children for a lifetime of success." (snip) Unfortunately, supporters of Preschool for All, including some academics who are...
  • Nutrition Guidelines: Roast Beef, Potatoes & Carrots Don’t Meet Them - GMOs, HFCS & Trans Fats Do

    11/20/2013 6:08:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 19, 2013 | Daisy Luther
    The school lunch drama continues, this time in Manitoba, Canada. Close on the heels of a federally sponsored preschool in Virginia disallowing homemade lunches without a doctor’s note, a mom in Manitoba was given this note and a $10 fine when her children’s preschool felt that the lunch she sent from home required “supplemental” Ritz Crackers.
  • Public health groups back Obama’s 94-cent cigarette tax hike

    09/25/2013 11:56:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 25, 2013 | Ben Goad
    President Obama’s plan to raise the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents a pack would put 2 million low and middle-income kids through preschool, a new report has concluded. Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal calls for a near doubling of the tax, from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack, with the proceeds going toward an expansion of early childhood education. Taxes on other tobacco products would increase proportionally, bringing the estimated additional revenue to an estimated $78 billion over the next decade.“Taken together, these two measures would help ensure a future of smart, healthy kids nationwide and in every state,” according...
  • OBAMA'S PRE-K POWER GRAB

    06/25/2013 6:52:30 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies
    WND ^ | 6/24/13 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    Under the media’s radar, Obama has been aggressively promoting one of his fiscally extravagant projects announced in his 2013 State of the Union Address: “preschool available to every single child in America.” The plan for the federal government to take over the care of preschool children, a longtime goal of the feminists that used to be called universal child care, is now (probably to sound academic) called Pre-K. The Obama administration downplays the $75 billion initial cost of Pre-K by claiming it can be covered by raising the federal tax on cigarettes from $1.01 to $1.95. But cigarette taxes were...
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Pre-School is Better Than Grandma

    06/14/2013 4:11:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 13, 2013 - 11:38 AM | Penny Starr
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that “cultural hesitation” makes it more difficult for some Hispanic parents to want to enroll their children in public pre-school programs because of their preference for family and friends. Duncan’s remarks came when asked about pre-school and the Hispanic community at an event to mark the anniversary of Educare of Washington, D.C., a preschool for children from six weeks to five years old. …
  • Obama: ‘Gov’t Can Help by…Educating our Children From the Earliest Years’

    06/13/2013 3:32:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 13, 2013 - 5:52 AM | Susan Jones
    The private sector may drive the economy, but government also has a key role to play, President Obama told an enthusiastic crowd of Democrats in Boston on Wednesday. “When people say the whole problem is government, they don't understand,” Obama said at a fundraiser for U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Markey. “Government can help by establishing smart priorities, by making smart choices, by investing in American manufacturing so we’re bringing more of our jobs back from overseas—investing in our roads and our bridges and our ports to make sure that we are staying competitive all around the world, educating our children...
  • Head Start a False Start: Follow the research to help low-income students

    05/30/2013 6:01:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/28/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    With a push from Gov. Snyder, the business community, public employee unions and most of the significant lobbying groups in the state, both branches of the Legislature have proposed budgets that significantly expand spending on early childhood education. Unfortunately, this spending will likely not result in any significantly improved educational outcomes. There is a lot of research on the effects of preschool, and a fierce debate over whether spending more money on schools for young children will result in improved performance. Something of a consensus has evolved around small, tightly-controlled educational environments for low-income, low-skilled students, with the studies on...
  • Preschoolers With ADHD Often Treated Incorrectly (90%)

    05/04/2013 12:51:17 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 39 replies
    Doctors usually do not follow guidelines for treating very young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). In the study, about 90 percent of doctors surveyed did not strictly adhere to new guidelines recommended for treating preschoolers with ADHD, such as when to start medications, and which medications to use.
  • Pelosi: Gov’t Childcare Next ‘Pillar’ of America, ‘Children Learning, Parents Earning’

    04/29/2013 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Pelosi: Gov’t Childcare Next ‘Pillar’ of America, ‘Children Learning, Parents Earning’ April 29, 2013 By Eric Scheiner (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a gathering in Cleveland that childcare for all should be the next “pillar” of American government and “the president comes close in his budget when he says ‘preschool for all’, because we have a situation of children learning, parents earning.” “I need your help on this because we talked about - Social Security a pillar of economic stability for America’s families,” Pelosi said at the City Club of Cleveland on April 15. “Medicare and Medicaid another...
  • The Preschool Paradox

    04/17/2013 7:44:34 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2013 | Michael Van Beek
    The Center for Michigan recently made the claim that retaining 5-year-olds for another year of kindergarten doesn’t work. The evidence they provide for this is weak, but that aside, this appears to run counter to their other argument that an additional year of state-funded preschool for 4-year-olds yields huge benefits. In both cases, students enter first grade with two years of formal schooling, so why does one “work” and not the other? Attempting to rectify this apparent inconsistency, Larry Schweinhart of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation claims that the difference is the level of state “guidance.” He argues there is...
  • Obama calls for cigarette tax hike of 94 cents a pack

    04/10/2013 1:32:46 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/10/2013 | By Steve Hargreaves
    President's Obama's call for a 94-cent-a-pack hike on federal cigarette taxes to fund early childhood education programs is controversial. Anti-smoking groups applaud the proposal, but some tax experts and tobacco companies are against it. The case for the tax. The tax is being presented as way to fund education and reduce smoking rates. It would raise roughly $78 billion over 10 years. "The proposed tobacco tax increase would have substantial public health benefits, particularly for young Americans," the president's budget read. "Researchers have found that raising taxes on cigarettes significantly reduces consumption, with especially large effects on youth smoking." After...
  • Obama: Put Nation´s 4-Year-Olds in ‘Public Preschool;´ Will Save on ‘Child-Care Costs

    04/10/2013 1:14:26 PM PDT · by opentalk · 35 replies
    CNS news ^ | April 10, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the message he issued along with his budget proposal on Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama said he wants to see 4-year-old children in the United States enrolled in public schools. Obama said America needs to start enrolling 4-year-olds to make sure the children are “better prepared for the demands of the global economy” and to help parents save on "child-care costs." After saying the United States needs to “equip our citizens with the skills and training” to fill jobs in manufacturing,energy and infrastructure,Obama said,“And that has to start at the earliest possible age.”
  • Obama: Put Nation's 4-Year-Olds in ‘Public Preschool

    04/10/2013 10:33:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - In the message he issued along with his budget proposal on Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama said he wants to see 4-year-old children in the United States enrolled in public schools.
  • Why We Don’t Need Universal Preschool

    03/15/2013 5:39:04 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 3/15/2013 | Amy Payne
    In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he wanted to “make high-quality preschool available to every child in America” and “make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” So Heritage experts took a look at the President’s plan to see if it would actually help America’s needy children get ahead in the “race of life.” Another government-controlled, top-down, one-size-fits-all program—what could go wrong? Look at the government’s record. As Heritage’s Lindsey Burke, the Will Skillman Fellow in Education, and research associate Rachel Sheffield point out in their new paper, “Washington already has...
  • Preschool teacher arrested after allegedly drugging toddlers with sleep aid

    03/13/2013 8:48:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3/13/13 | staff
    A California preschool teacher is facing felony charges after she allegedly drugged toddlers with a sleep aid. KTVU reports 59-year-old Deborah Gratz was arrested on child endangerment charges after she was fired from her job at the Kiddie Academy preschool in Morgan Hill. A witness told authorities they observed Gratz putting an unknown substance into the drinking cups of the children in her classroom, who range in ages 1 to 2. Police say when administrators confronted Gratz, she admitted putting an over-the-counter sleeping aid "Sominex" into the kids' drinks. None of the children drank from the cups the day the...
  • For Obama, Politics Always Trumps Governing

    03/04/2013 8:44:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Do we have a president or a perpetual candidate? It's not an entirely unfair question. Even as Barack Obama was warning of the dreadful consequences of the budget sequester looming on March 1, he spent days away from Washington, apparently out of touch with Democratic as well as Republican congressional leaders. In the meantime, Obama fans were lobbing verbal grenades at none other than The Washington Post's Bob Woodward. His offense: He's continuing to make it clear, as he did in his book "The Price of Politics," that it was Obama's then-chief of staff and now Treasury Secretary Jack Lew...
  • Pre-K Won't Help Kids

    02/26/2013 5:32:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    President Obama ended his State of the Union speech on a warm and fuzzy note by calling for pre-K programs for almost all children. The best thing he could do for pre-kindergarten children is to make sure he doesn't hang trillions of dollars of debt around their necks, but that isn't the route he is taking. Instead, Obama wants to provide government daycare for all preschoolers who live in households where the income is below approximately $47,100. He doesn't call it daycare or babysitting (which is a more accurate term); he calls it early childhood education. Early childhood education means...
  • Gen. Boykin: Obama going wrong way on families

    02/25/2013 8:05:00 AM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | February 24, 2013 | Michael Haverluck
    See what research reveals is best indicator of the future of youth Barack Obama called during his State of the Union for taxpayer-funded universal preschool f or children, which would yank them out of their homes at an even earlier age. But a new study shows the opposite – family cohesion, is the No. 1 determinant of a healthy home and a healthy society. When asked about the message from the study, which showed only 45 percent of 15-17-year-old teens in America live with both married parents, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin said such cohesion is as important in the...
  • The Shaky Science Behind Obama’s Universal Pre-K

    02/21/2013 8:29:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Bloomberg.com | Feb 20, 2013 | Charles Murray
    Here's the link.
  • Krauthammer Skewers Obama’s Preschool Plan: “The 4 Year-Olds of America Better Shape Up” – Video

    02/16/2013 12:40:07 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 23 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 16, 2013 | Brian
    Here is video of Charles Krauthammer making fun of President Obama’s new mandatory entitlement plan that would give preschool to every 4 year-old in America. . . .
  • Is Obama’s universal pre-K plan too much, too soon?

    02/15/2013 8:58:50 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 32 replies
    A E I ^ | 2-15 | James Pethokoukis
    Proponents of President Obama’s universal prekindergarten proposal make a strong case for the potential benefits of such a plan. Studies of about 100 low-income kids enrolled in two pricey and intensive preschool projects in the 1960s and 1970s found the children, while not experiencing any permanen IQ improvement, developed life skills that meant they were more likely as adults to hold a job, own a home, and stay out of jail than counterparts in a control group. More recently studies of broader, statewide pre-K programs, particularly in Oklahoma provide some further evidence of effectiveness, though the results are certainly not...
  • School Forced Back Into Session for Obama

    02/14/2013 12:00:08 PM PST · by Hoodat · 10 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | February 14, 2013, 9:58 am | Keith Koffler
    In an apparent planning snafu, President Obama today will visit an early learning school in Decatur, Georgia that happens to be in recess this week. But no problem: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, staff and bus drivers will be summoned back to work for the day to accomodate Obama’s appearance. College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center Principle Suzanne Kennedy alerted parents that the staff will interrupt their vacations for the “amazing opportunity” for students to “expand their worlds” by seeing the president: President Obama’s visit is an honor for College Heights and the City Schools of Decatur. Since the school...
  • W.H. releases details of Obama preschool plan

    02/14/2013 11:00:56 AM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/14/13 | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    The administration's plan would use federal money to pay for preschool for families making up to twice the federal poverty level, and would give states incentives to provide more public pre-school spots for middle-income families, and to provide full-day kindergarten.
  • Reevaluating the President’s Push for Pre-K

    02/14/2013 10:35:20 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 12 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 14, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    In his State of the Union speech, President Obama proposed “working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.” This additional preschool access would, of course, be funded through federal and state coffers. President Obama is headed to Georgia today to “formally unveil his proposal for expanding early childhood education,” reports the Washington Post. You can read the President’s proposal here. It calls for a state-federal partnership guaranteeing that all 4-year olds at families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line receive access to preschool, as well as entails a “massively expanded...
  • Obama to push universal preschool proposal

    02/14/2013 8:04:17 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Obama to push universal preschool proposal By Rachel Rose Hartman, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 1 hr 28 mins ago Two days after his State of the Union pledge to guarantee high quality preschool for every 4-year-old in the U.S., President Barack Obama takes his pitch on the road on Thursday to an Atlanta suburb where he will deliver a speech on the issue at a local recreation center. Obama cast his preschool plan as a way to bring low-income and minority children up to speed with higher-income children—a move he says would save taxpayer money and give those...
  • Obama wants expanded access to pre-school

    02/12/2013 9:11:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2013 9:20 PM EST | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama wants all 50 states to provide pre-kindergarten schools for 4-year-olds, a plan that the White House says will result in better prepared students and ultimately a more educated workforce. … Obama also wants the federal government to give the states incentives to provide full-day kindergarten. …
  • Three-Year-Olds Chant ‘Union Power’ After Reading New Children’s Book

    02/07/2013 4:24:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Is your three-year-old preschooler chanting ‘union power’ these days? She might, if author Innosanto Nagara has his way. Nagara wrote A is for Activist, a book supposedly geared for the children of the “99 percent.” In other words, a new vehicle has been developed for leftists to begin indoctrinating children. “It’s pretty awesome to hear a three-year-old saying ‘union power,’” Nagara said in a YES! magazine interview. But union power and student activism aren’t the only goals. Consider these other letters and how they are applied in the book: B is for banner, as in a protest banner hanging...
  • More Preschool Spending Not The Answer

    02/04/2013 7:40:40 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/2/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    It’s a new year, but we're hearing the same old calls for higher spending in state government. While road funding has absorbed a lot of the political oxygen, a consensus is forming that the state needs to spend more money on K-12 education — including substantially more on early childhood schooling. But the facts don’t follow that logic. The Center for Michigan, which has written nearly 60 articles on early childhood education in the past few years, has released a report they sum up as, “Message sent: Fix schools, send us the bill.” The paper has survey data that purports...
  • Angry mothers brawl at L.A. pre-school graduation [VIDEO]

    06/15/2012 7:05:05 AM PDT · by reegs · 83 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | 06/14/2012 | Kyle Olson
    LOS ANGELES – We’ve always heard that life in California is a bit crazier than most Americans can imagine. But this is ridiculous. A disturbing video has surfaced showing mothers brawling with each other at a recent pre-school graduation in Los Angeles. Children can be heard screaming as angry moms push and shove each other. It’s a pathetic display of parenting and a miserable example for young kids. The anonymous person who shot and posted the video indicated that the video originates from Weemes Elementary school in Los Angeles. She wrote: “This all started because my son’s teacher was so...
  • Parents concerned about sexual behavior on preschool playground (Slaton, Texas)

    05/24/2012 10:10:21 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 23 replies
    KCBD Channel 11 ^ | 24 May 2012 | Natasha Sweatte
    SLATON, TX (KCBD) - Parents at Stephen F. Austin in Slaton are concerned about their children's safety after a group of preschoolers displayed inappropriate behavior on the playground. Superintendent Julee Becker confirmed that the incident did involve sexual behavior, but she says supervision levels on school grounds, especially on the playground, have been increased. Several parents of students with disabilities called KCBD NewsChannel 11, worried that their kids would not be able to defend themselves if touched inappropriately. Becker said the students involved were disciplined accordingly and says it was a one-time incident. Josie Dabila, grandparent of a Stephen F....
  • "Head Start" an Abysmal Failure for Kids, a Spectacular Success for Teachers

    05/09/2012 7:02:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Head Start, a preschool program for low-income kids has been a spectacular success, not for kids, but for teachers and teachers' unions. Please consider Miami-Dade County seeks to unload Head Start program, salaries For more than four decades, Miami-Dade County officials have managed Head Start, the storied preschool program for children from low-income families. But the county now wants out — and “generous” salaries are partly to blame. On average, Miami-Dade paid its Head Start teachers $76,860 in salary and fringe benefits in 2011, county records show. That’s about 90 percent higher than the second highest-paying Head Start provider in...
  • State Inspectors Searching Children’s Lunch Boxes: “This Isn’t China, Is It?”

    02/15/2012 11:11:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    John W. Pope Civitas Institute ^ | February 14, 2012 | Matt Willoughby
    A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home. NC Pre-K (before this year known as More at Four) is a state-funded education program designed to “enhance school readiness” for four year-olds. The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter...
  • Mom says school bus bullies torment young girl

    06/08/2011 1:56:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    MILWAUKEE – Chaos on the school bus and the I-Team catches it all. Our story starts with a fed up mom. She says her little girl who is only 4 years old is hit, tormented, has her glasses broken by other kids and that it happens all the time. She says MPS hasn't done anything about it so I-Team reporter Rob Koebel takes the case and wait till you see what your tax dollars are paying for now. A school bus ride that is out of control, little children in danger ride after ride. We follow the girl’s entire bus...
  • El Cajon preschool worker arraigned on child porn charge

    05/02/2011 10:51:34 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 6 replies
    CNS ^ | May 2, 2011 7:13 PM | CNS
    ...Corey James Loftin, 22, was taken into custody Friday by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement... On several occasions, the defendant was chatting live online with a male in Pennsylvania and receiving images on his computer as the male was sexually molesting children, according to court documents. At the time of his arrest, Loftin was working at a local preschool and had online babysitting ads on the Internet, according to prosecutors, who say he previously had worked at the Cuyamaca College Child Development Center... Anyone with information relating to the charges against Loftin was urged to call (619) 744-4633 and...
  • Iowa's Preschool Program. Babysitter or Necessity?

    01/20/2011 6:56:21 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 11 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Jan. 20th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Its easy to demand programs when you are using other people's money. The taxpayers have their hands full and to demand free preschool for kids is selfish. Let Iowa lead the way in good old common sense. We may find out that this system does as much for Senior health and well-being as it does for the kids. Preschool by any other name? Babysitting.
  • Florida: Muslim Man Carrying Knife, Brass Knuckles Forces Way Into Preschool, shouting...

    07/05/2010 2:13:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 97 replies · 4+ views
    (TAMPA TRIBUNE, July 1, 2010) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | Posted July 4, 2010 10:55 AM | Posted by Marisol
    "Florida: Muslim man carrying knife, brass knuckles forces way into preschool, shouting "Listen to Allah!"" WESLEY CHAPEL - SNIPPET: "After getting inside, the intruder went into a play room where Singletary and a teacher stood and he started screaming. "Don't listen to God. He is not real. Listen to Allah," the man yelled. He told them not to look at him and he screamed some more, Doll said. "Don't feed those crying babies. Let them die!""
  • State (MA) wants bachelor degree for teachers of the youngest

    06/10/2010 6:06:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 82+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 10, 2010 | James Vaznis
    Once considered just places to play, preschools now sandwich science and math lessons in between naps and recess. To help teachers meet the new academic rigor and to reduce socioeconomic achievement gaps that start before kindergarten, the state wants more teachers to earn bachelor’s degrees. Less than a third of early childhood educators who teach in private programs, where the vast majority of the state’s preschoolers are enrolled, hold bachelor’s degrees, and many are at education levels barely higher than a high school diploma, according to a report released this spring by Strategies for Children Inc., a nonprofit advocacy group...
  • Head Start Earns an F: No Lasting Impact for Children by First Grade

    03/28/2010 2:18:19 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 21 replies · 770+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 21, 2010 | David Muhlhausen, Ph.D. and Dan Lips
    Abstract: Recently released results from the Head Start Impact Study indicate that the benefits of participating in Head Start almost completely disappear by first grade. While other studies have previously assessed Head Start's effectiveness, this is the only study that used a rigorous experimental design. Given this strongly negative evaluation, Congress should reconsider spending more than $9 billion per year on a program that produces few positive lasting effects. Furthermore, instead of creating yet another new federal preschool program at a cost of $8 billion, Congress and the Obama Administration should focus on terminating, consolidating, and reforming existing preschool and...