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AM News: Obama Proposes Major Preschool Expansion and RTT Spin-Off in State of the Union Address

Obama Urges Preschool Expansion and RTT Spin-Off in State of the Union Speech PoliticsK12: President Barack Obama called on Congress in his State of the Union address to significantly expand access to preschool to all 4-year-olds from moderate- and low-income families, and to create a new spin-off of his Race to the Top program aimed at pushing high schools to adopt curricula that better prepare students for the jobs of the future.

State Of The Union Proposes Major Preschool Expansion HuffPostEdu: The initiative comes after states have cut preschool budgets by an average of $700 per child over the last decade and as mounting evidence shows the importance of quality preschool in closing the achievement gap for low-income students. Though the president's proposal is short on details, several education advocates expect it will ultimately look something like a suggestion floated in the Center for American Progress' recent report that the federal government create a new pre-kindergarten program partly paid for with state matching funds of $10,000 per student.

AMNewsStudents Must Learn More Words, Say Studies EdWeek: Children who enter kindergarten with a small vocabulary don't get taught enough words—particularly, sophisticated academic words—to close the gap, according to the latest in a series of studies by Michigan early-learning experts. The findings suggest many districts could be at a disadvantage in meeting the increased requirements for vocabulary learning from the Common Core State Standards.

Michigan Wants Wider Control of Its Schools WSJ: State leaders in Michigan are again looking to expand an education initiative that takes poor-performing schools out of local hands and bands them together in a single statewide district with a less-structured curriculum and a nonunion workforce. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder launched the Education Achievement Authority last September, empowering it to take over 15 schools in Detroit, where the state runs the district through an emergency manager.

Online Dating for Teachers: Finding the Right Classroom Dowser: If online dating works so well for people looking for love and happiness, maybe the same concept can apply to people looking for other types of fulfillment, say maybe even teachers looking for the right school to work at, and educators looking to hire the right teacher for their school. myEDmatch, an education technology start-up based in Kansas City, is using the same principle behind online dating to create a matching service for teachers and schools.

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