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'Crisis' In U.S. Preschools As Spending Drops, Enrollment Climbs HuffPost: Over the last 10 years, states have gutted funding for public pre-K programs, leading to what the National Institute for Early Education Research calls a "crisis in quality."

New $133 Million Available for Race to Top Early Learning Grants Politics K12: The five states that narrowly missed winning a slice of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund will get a chance to compete for $133 million in new money, the U.S. Department of Education announced today. ALSO Another $133 Million Available For Race To The Top Early Learning Grants AP via HuffPost

Questions Abound As Districts Shift To Merit Pay For Teachers HuffPost: Education reforms now going into effect in Indiana, and similar ones sweeping the nation, are targeting something many Americans consider to be strictly off-limits: their paychecks.

 

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New York Legislature to Weigh Limiting Access to Teacher Rankings NYT: In Albany, some legislators say they are open to changing state law to allow only parents to see the evaluations of their children’s educators. 

Trying to Keep Students’ Mental Health Care Out of the E.R. NYT (Winerip): New York mental health and education officials are trying to reduce referrals to E.M.S., which are an expensive and traumatizing response to problems that should be handled by schools.

Opponents of CPS' longer school day join forces against plan Chicago Tribune: For several months, the greatest resistance to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 71/2-hour school day came from parents in middle-class and upper-middle-class communities who say their kids don't need the extra class time.

Need to Know: Philadelphia's 'Project U-Turn' Aims to 'Recapture' Dropouts PBS: Rick Karr reports on Philadelphia's ambitious plan -- known as Project U-Turn -- to reach out to and re-engage high school dropouts. Since the project launched in 2006, it's become a model for cities nationwide, according to the report.

State borrowing from schools is adding up Sign On San Diego:  The cumulative outstanding debt: $9.4 billion to K-12 schools statewide and $600 million to San Diego County districts.

Vets Help Others Move From Combat To College NPR: With thousands of veterans home from the Iraq war and thousands more coming home from Afghanistan, colleges across the country are addressing ways to meet their needs. At Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, student veterans are leading the way to help each other navigate the challenges of college life.

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