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Across U.S., schools feel budget pinch Christian Science Monitor
Slashed funding and rising costs are forcing school districts to cut back, even close down.

Ap080105029542Poll: Math, yes; standardized tests, maybe AP
A large majority of Americans think schools are placing too much emphasis on the wrong subjects, and more than half think they're doing just a fair job in preparing children for the work force or giving them the practical skills they need to survive as adults, according to an Associated Press poll released Friday.

Universal preschool students perform better USA Today
An ambitious public pre-kindergarten program in Oklahoma boosts kids' skills dramatically, a long-awaited study finds, for the first time offering across-the-board evidence that universal preschool, open to all children, benefits both low-income and middle-class kids.

Patrick unveils extensive education plan for next decade Boston Globe
Over the next six months, a grass-roots effort the governor's office launched will promote the changes to local school committees and city councils, a Patrick spokesman said. [my kinda grassroots effort]

One fish, two fish, cosine of Q fish LA Times
In China, competitive math teams are groomed and cosseted like college football squads. And in Vietnam, a television show called "Go to Olympia" tracks math contestants almost as if they were budding American Idols.

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Nice to see you pick up the UPK article.
Kids who go to preschool make gains, no matter their SES. You gotta love it if you are a preschool teacher.

This is another log on the fire for expanding preschool services to all students.

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