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What The President Said About Education In The State Of The Union

President Barack Obama again asked Congress to expand access to early childhood education programs and defended a major federal grant program, but didn’t propose any new initiatives. Education Week has the recap here: President Barack Obama placed education at the center of a broad strategy to bolster economic mobility and combat poverty—calling on Congress in […]

Benefits, And Barriers, To Early Learning In Florida

Florida’s legislative session is months away, but educators and politicians are already talking about making early childhood education a priority. “Early childhood is viewed as childcare, and not early childhood education, which it really is,” says Dr. Susan Neimand, director of the School of Education at Miami Dade College, which runs a nationally recognized early […]

Florida College Says Education School Rankings Are Inaccurate

A Florida college rated “substandard” in national rankings of education schools said the rankings were “inaccurate and misleading” and rely too much on information obtained on the Internet. The National Council on Teacher Quality released a ranking of college and university elementary and secondary education programs Tuesday. Florida State College at Jacksonville was one of […]

Three Questions About Federal Budget Cuts For Head Start

March 1 is the deadline for Congress to strike a budget deal or a series of automatic spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion over a decade takes effect. The cuts — known as sequestration — would hit military spending, courts, national parks and K-12 and early childhood education programs. That includes Head Start, the federal early […]

What The NEA President Wants To Hear In Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

The president of the National Education Association (NEA) expects to hear a few things from President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address tonight. Dennis Van Roekel leads the 3 million member labor union, which represents public school teachers and college and university staff. “[Obama] really talked about opportunity in his inauguration speech and that […]

The Connection Between Handwriting and Reading

Sometimes it’s best to do things old school. That’s a conclusion one could draw from an Indiana University study on the importance of teaching handwriting over keyboard skills, according to a story from our friends at StateImpact Indiana. IU psychology professor Karin James says research shows letter writing activates portions of the brain critical to […]

Five Questions About Florida’s Next Lap in “Race To The Top”

Lawmakers gave a delayed go-ahead this week to compete in the latest round of federal Race to the Top education grants — this time for early childhood education projects. Here’s what to know about the latest version of the federal program to spur education innovation. 1. Another Race to the Top grant? The federal education […]

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