Liberal New Mexico lawmakers see friction with moderates
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Liberal House freshmen came into this legislative session motivated with election victory momentum thanks to Democrats being swept into office across the state.
New Mexico creates early childhood education agency
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will create a new state agency to oversee early childhood education programs under a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A radio ad criticizing Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has been removed from some stations statewide after his campaign complained it had false...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging state legislators to devote a share of state trust funds to early childhood education.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to increase spending on early childhood education from a multibillion-dollar state trust stalled Monday in the state Senate and appeared unlikely to advance this...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on public education initiatives in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to keep the...
New Mexico House weighs more spending from education trust
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House of Representatives is poised to vote on a proposal to divert additional money toward early childhood education from a multibillion-dollar state trust fund.
Debate began Friday evening on the House floor about a proposed constitutional amendment that would increase annual distributions from the state's $17 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund.
Hood: GOP control hurts ‘working people’ in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that if he's elected governor, he wants the state to expand Medicaid, put more money into early childhood education and reduce taxes on groceries.
"The working people have been kicked to the curb. They're not in the back rooms when the deals are made at the Legislature," Hood said Monday at a public affairs forum in Jackson.
Kansas governor creates advisory group to improve education
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has signed an executive order creating an advisory group that aims to improve education in Kansas.
The governor told reporters Thursday that educating children is one of the most important obligations of elected leaders and one of the best economic and civic investments to make in Kansas.
$700K allocated to Louisiana early childhood pilot projects
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's top school board is spending $700,000 on seven pilot projects aimed at improving access to early childhood education.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education agreed Wednesday to steer the dollars to school systems in Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rapides and Washington parishes. Money also will go to the New Orleans Early Education Network and St. Mary Parish Community Action Agency.
Hawaii governor offers roadmap for universal preschool
HONOLULU (AP) — Gov. David Ige laid out on Tuesday what he called a road map for creating universal public preschool in Hawaii over several decades.
The second-term governor introduced his idea during his State of the State address at the Capitol.
The central part of the plan is to offer pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at elementary schools instead of the current kindergarten through grade six. Grade six would become part of middle schools.
County commissioner Fuller running for Sen. Tillis’ seat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Democratic elected leader in North Carolina's largest county is running to try to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in 2020.
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller announced his candidacy Tuesday in Charlotte, with about two dozen supporters in attendance.
Maine gets $1M for early education, pre-schools
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators say the state is receiving more than $1 million from the federal government to boost preschools and early education programs in the state.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the money is coming to the Maine Department of Education from the Every Student Succeeds Act's Preschool Development Grant program.
Louisiana gets $8M grant for early childhood education work
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is receiving a nearly $8 million grant to improve early childhood education.
Most of the preschool development grant is coming from the federal government. The Advocate reports $800,000 will be paid by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The Latest: Governor seeks change for New Mexico education
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of a newly elected Democratic governor in New Mexico (all times local):
Newly inaugurated New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging greater state spending on education, higher pay for low-income workers and a shift toward renewable energy production in here first public speech as governor.
Bill would create early-education agency in New Mexico
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering the creation of a new state agency to oversee early childhood education and other services for preschool-aged children.
Early childhood care in Lincoln expands with 2 new programs
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two new programs — one made possible by a federal grant and the other from gifts from the Lincoln Community Foundation — will expand childcare in Lincoln, especially to low-income families.
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- Wisconsin State JournalNew state superintendent sees early childhood education as key to closing racial gapMarch 10, 2019
- Albuquerque JournalNM early childhood department bill wins House approvalMarch 10, 2019
- The Florence Morning NewsRoyall Elementary teacher shows what she did with her education grantMarch 6, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanEarly childhood ed funding proposal stalls againMarch 5, 2019
Louisiana releases latest school performance data
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More of Louisiana's publicly funded early childhood education programs provided care and instruction last school year that promotes kindergarten readiness, state education officials said Thursday as they rolled out the latest data aimed at demonstrating how well schools and pre-school programs are preparing children for their next level of education.
They said 77 percent of the programs provided such care, a 7 percentage point increase over the previous year.
Plans for cradle-to-career campus in Detroit get $50M boost
DETROIT (AP) — Plans for a so-called cradle-to-career campus at Marygrove College in Detroit as part of an effort to create a hub for urban education are getting $50 million boost from The Kresge Foundation.
Kansas City early childhood tax vote delayed until April
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Sly James says he will postpone plans to put a sales tax increase for expanding early childhood education on the November ballot.
James said Friday that he would instead push for the proposal for a three-eighths-cent sales tax to be voted on in April. The tax would generate $30 million per year for pre-K assistance.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key New Mexico lawmaker said Thursday that he agreed with early childhood education experts who say expanded pre-kindergarten programs could help alleviate poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.
But Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, told The Associated Press that he remained opposed to advocates' push for New Mexico to dip into its Permanent Land Fund to finance universal early childhood education.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new $26 million federal grant is expected to result in thousands of Arkansas low-income children being taken off of a waiting list for child-care vouchers.
EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A former teacher at an Emporia State University campus day care has been charged with child endangerment and the former director of failing to report suspected abuse or neglect.
The charges were filed last month against former teacher Kimberly Schneider and former director Keely Persinger. They worked at the university's Center for Early Childhood Education until May 2017. Their attorneys didn't immediately return a phone message.
Bend residents win right to vote for mayor
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bend residents will choose their first elected mayor in November.
Voters in the Central Oregon city approved a change Tuesday that will allow them to elect the mayor. Members of the City Council had been selecting the mayor from among themselves.
Elsewhere in Oregon, Albany residents turned down a gas tax to pay for street repairs, and voters in Umatilla and Morrow counties rejected an increase in property taxes to support an OSU Extension Service District.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A more than $28 billion budget proposal with close to $99 million more for Missouri K-12 public schools next fiscal year and stable higher education funding passed the state Legislature on Wednesday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education will add 107 pre-K classrooms in 33 counties this fall, the office of Gov. Kay Ivey announced Monday.
Ivey's office said in a statement that the new classrooms will expand the state's voluntary kindergarten program to reach nearly 19,000 children in more than 1,000 classes in 67 counties. The program serves 32 percent of eligible four-year-olds in the state.
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Pre-K organizers from Texas at Santa Fe meeting say getting businesses’ support is key
As advocates of early childhood education in New Mexico continue to laud its potential to change lives — and debate how to fund it — leaders of a city-driven prekindergarten program in San Antonio, Texas, told a crowd in Santa Fe on Wednesday that proponents must first convince businesses to buy in.
Advocates float $84 million plan to state lawmakers to boost pre-K funding
With a 25 percent increase in funding for prekindergarten, New Mexico could enroll up to 80 percent of its 4-year-olds in programs that see a high rate of return, boosting educational outcomes and building a stronger workforce, a coalition of advocates told state lawmakers Wednesday.
Charitable foundations chart course for early education
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state lawmakers are getting a preview of a business plan for expanding early childhood education across the state that was developed by a group of major charitable foundations.
The plan seeks to expand state spending by $16 million each year to gradually expand and improve the workforce for prekindergarten, childcare and home visits with families in infants.
Rochester Public Schools put the full-court press on the Department of Education Tuesday morning in hopes that their success story will resonate with state legislators debating early childhood education funding.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report credits New Mexico with continuing to improve the quality of its early childhood education programs and investing more money in the initiatives.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday that many experts believe the programs are the key to boosting educational measures and helping combat poverty.
Candidates in contested Madison School Board race weigh in on issues
Two candidates for a contested seat on the Madison School Board weighed in on early childhood education, police officers in schools, addressing behavioral problems and other topics at a forum Tuesday evening.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says remarks by a Catholic advocate who charged that racism helped kill an early childhood education proposal were "extremely disappointing."
The Republican told reporters on Wednesday that New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops executive director Allen Sanchez was wrong to suggest opposition to the measure had to do with racism.
The speaker of the state House of Representatives said Sunday that lawmakers will continue to attempt to find ways to draw money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education programs.
New Mexico’s three Catholic bishops on Tuesday rejected a call by 33 Republican state legislators to punish the Catholic Church’s spokesman for saying racism played a part in the defeat of an initiative to expand early childhood education.
GOP legislators seek reprimand of Catholic official following comments on early ed proposal
A group of 33 Republican legislators are calling for the head of Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, for a statement that racism played a role in the opposition to a Catholic Church-backed proposal to increase funding for early childhood education.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's three Catholic bishops said the head of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops didn't accuse anyone of racism and are defending his actions in trying to push for an expansion of early childhood education programs.
In an open letter Tuesday, the bishops wrote that Allen Sanchez, executive director of the group, has a deep love "for the Gospel" and is an advocate for the state's poor with an extension record.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico Republican state lawmakers letter to Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester (all times local):
New Mexico's three Catholic bishops say the head of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops didn't accuse anyone of racism and only pointed out flaws in the state's educational system.
New Mexico is a beautiful state. One of the aspects that makes our state so beautiful is the presence of the 22 tribal nations indigenous to the Land of Enchantment. If we want to continue to thrive as a state, we must support the tribal communities in the education they desire for their children.
I recently criticized state Sen. John Arthur Smith for pulling the kind of power play you would find in a dictator’s handbook.
It was fair criticism. But now Smith is facing unreasonable attacks charging him with racism.
Winona development to providing housing, education
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Developers hope a $25 million project in downtown Winona will help provide housing and early childhood education.
The Main Square Community project will involve multiple building on a currently unoccupied block, the Winona Daily News reported. The project will be developed by Main Square Development, which is owned by Fastenal founder Bob Kierlin.
The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an early childhood discussion at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chamber office where Drew Theophilus, director for Dividends Nebraska, is scheduled to be the main speaker of the afternoon.
UW board approves preschool education outreach plan
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved a proposal that could improve access to and quality of preschool education across Wyoming.
The proposal approved Wednesday establishes the Wyoming Early Childhood Outreach Network, which will seek to provide in-the-field experiences for UW students preparing to be preschool teachers, while offering a degree pathway for teachers already serving across Wyoming.
South Dakota lawmakers to weigh education and casino bills
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate legislation on early childhood education and a proposed casino and entertainment complex in Yankton, among other things.
Here's a look at some of the measures they plan to take up after they return to the Capitol on Tuesday:
SCRANTON — State Sen. John Blake spent two hours Friday morning discussing legislative issues and priorities with dozens of local lawmakers, officials and student ambassadors over bacon, coffee and French toast.
Advocate: Racism killed early childhood education proposal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops believes racism helped killed a proposal to expand early childhood education in the state.
Allen Sanchez, executive director of the group, said he thinks wealthy whites opposed the plan that would have helped the state's poor Hispanic and Native American children by offering expanded preschool options.
Bruchhaus calls early childhood education programs ‘area of controversy’
WESTLAKE — Calcasieu Parish School Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus recently addressed the parish’s early childhood education programs, which he called an “area of controversy.”
Early education proposal dies without hearing in Senate Finance Committee
The proposal to expand early childhood education across New Mexico died quietly Tuesday at the Capitol, scotched because a vote on the initiative will not be taken in the state Senate Finance Committee.