early childhood education http://wamc.org en Petition Calls For Testing Ban For State’s Youngest Students http://wamc.org/post/petition-calls-testing-ban-state-s-youngest-students <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Education advocates across New York are calling for a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.</p><p>Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, kicked off a Thursday conference call to launch a&nbsp; statewide petition drive to stop expansion of standardized tests in children’s early years.</p><p>The petition comes as the union continues to call for a three-year moratorium on using tests aligned to the rigorous Common Core standards for “high stakes” decisions affecting teachers and students.</p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:01:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 77897 at http://wamc.org Petition Calls For Testing Ban For State’s Youngest Students Report: Educators Must Target Kids' First Eight Years http://wamc.org/post/report-educators-must-target-kids-first-eight-years <p></p><p>A new report released Monday says investing in the first eight years of a child's life pays big dividends, and that’s especially true for New York kids 8 and younger who come from low-income families.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:26:26 +0000 Dave Lucas 77101 at http://wamc.org Report: Educators Must Target Kids' First Eight Years New Plan for Universal Full-Day Pre-K in NYS http://wamc.org/post/new-plan-universal-full-day-pre-k-nys <p></p><p></p><p>At a time when debate over the Common Core is front and center, pro-education groups are out with a new plan offering a roadmap for full-day universal prekindergarten in New York State.</p><p>The Center for Children’s Initiatives and the Campaign for Educational Equity have unveiled a statewide plan that offers a financial strategy that recognizes pre-K as an essential educational service, while providing a plan to phase in pre-K to the state's 3- and 4-year-olds over the next eight years.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:05:35 +0000 Dave Lucas 76503 at http://wamc.org New Plan for Universal Full-Day Pre-K in NYS Rep. Tonko Tours Schenectady Head Start Program To View Impact Of Sequester http://wamc.org/post/rep-tonko-tours-schenectady-head-start-program-view-impact-sequester <p></p><p>New York Congressman Paul Tonko visited a Head Start Program in Schenectady today to draw attention to the effects of sequestration on community services.</p><p></p><p>Congressman Tonko visited Parsons Child &amp; Family Center’s Early Head Start program in Schenectady, which serves families with children up to 3 years living at or below the federal poverty level.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:58:53 +0000 Lucas Willard 73068 at http://wamc.org Rep. Tonko Tours Schenectady Head Start Program To View Impact Of Sequester U.S. Rep. Pushing Education, Early Education Initiatives http://wamc.org/post/us-rep-pushing-education-early-education-initiatives <p>As another school year comes to a close, education and education funding remain among the top concerns for parents, teachers and public officials.</p><p>President Barack Obama's “Early Learning Days of Action” initiative was highlighted in New York last week as Congressman Paul Tonko read to 16 children enrolled in what's called "The Butterfly Class" at Albany Head Start. The pre-K students were delighted with Tonko's chosen work: "Welcome To Kindergarten" by Anne Rockwell.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:23:41 +0000 Dave Lucas 66679 at http://wamc.org U.S. Rep. Pushing Education, Early Education Initiatives Former Mass. Early Ed. Commissioner Clears State Review Over Outside Internship http://wamc.org/post/former-mass-early-ed-commissioner-clears-state-review-over-outside-internship <p></p><div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">BOSTON (AP) — A state review has found no "serious wrongdoing" by former early education commissioner Sherri Killins, who participated in an internship outside of her state job.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">But Education Secretary Matt Malone says some administrative procedures apparently were not followed.</span></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 02:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 59917 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Legislators Hear Plea For Education Spending http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-legislators-hear-plea-education-spending <p>Members of the Massachusetts Legislature have begun a series of public hearings on Governor Deval Patrick’s $34.8 billion dollar budget proposal.&nbsp; A hearing, run by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means was held at Greenfield Community College on Tuesday. The focus of the session was on education and local aid.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:19:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 58626 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Legislators Hear Plea For Education Spending