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Charters and Choice

How can we give students options when their public schools are failing them?

Overview

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College Access

College: Can't afford not to go, can't afford to go...

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The Dropout Dilemma

What are the real costs of dropping out?

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No Child Left Behind

What exactly is NCLB and how is it effecting our education system?

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Pros and Cons

What's Next?

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Early Childhood Education

How do we ensure that all children are prepared to enter kindergarten?

Overview

In Focus: Head Start

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Teachers

Why are we struggling to recruit and retain teachers? What reforms do the candidates propose to solve the teacher shortage and improve their working conditions?

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School-to-Work

With a struggling economy, should lawmakers place further emphasis on federally-funded school-to-work programs? Moreover, do they work?

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A Closer Look at One Program: Head Start

“I believe what makes Head Start so effective is that it has a focus on the whole family.  Its components are health, social services, parental involvement, mental health, disabilities, and education.”

-Mike Thorsteinson
Executive Director
Three Rivers Community Action, Inc
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History:

 
In the 1960’s the Johnson administration began their infamous War on Poverty.  It was intended to help meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children and stop the cycle of poverty.

 

Present:

 
  The current mission of Head Start is to “promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs” (as stated by the Administration for Children and Families).

 
 

Future:

 
  The future of Head Start is strongly dependent on who the next President will be.  That is why it is so important to get out and vote for programs you think are important and worth investing in.  The good news is that either way there is strong bipartisan support for Head Start right now so, hopefully in the future it will continue to serve families in need by preparing our children.

 
   
 

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