FROM Bruce Fuller
LAUSD Considers Canning Early Education Program LA Unified's School Readiness and Language Development Program is designed to prepare low-income children for kindergarten. It's free to their families at a cost to the District of $36 million a year. The full budget is $7.3 billion, but Superintendent Ramon Cortines has called for cutting the program to save money. Some 10,000 kids could be affected. The elected board is debating the cut, faced by one audience wearing yellow T-shirts with the words, "College Begins in Pre-K." UC Berkeley professor Bruce Fuller is author of Standardized Childhood: The Political and Cultural Struggle for Early Education .
Can Preschool Help Ease Income Inequality? During the president’s speech tonight, we’re likely to hear more about his plan to make community college free for all. But to really close the income gap, it’s more effective to start earlier: with four-year-olds. Several studies show that children who attend preschool are more likely go to college, keep a full-time job, and own homes as adults. Obama has called for universal pre-kindergarten in his last two State of the Unions. But given everything we know about its benefits, why isn’t universal Pre-K everywhere?
Governor Brown and K-12 Education In yesterday's State of the State address, Governor Brown spent a lot of time on K-12 education, the biggest single item in the state budget. His proposals could put California out of phase with the education policies of the Obama Administration. He called for major changes in funding, testing and teacher evaluation, and for shifting more power from the state to local school boards. Brown would redirect the one-third of all state money that is earmarked for specific purposes to provide basic funding "with additional money for disadvantaged students and those struggling to learn English." He called for a reduction in test taking and in the time it takes to get test results to educators. He also called for qualitative assessments that include "a site visitation program where each classroom is visited, observed and evaluated."
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The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?