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Ed Dept’s District-Level Competition Keeps Door Open for PreK-3rd Reforms

EXCERPT FROM: Early Ed Watch Blog
By Lisa Guernsey
The spotlight in school reform turns now to school districts instead of states with the U.S. Department of Education’s release Friday of its invitation for a new $383 million Race to the Top competition.  Districts can compete for up to $40 million each, with awards based on their sizes and abilities to personalize learning for students, become transparent in how they are spending money, engage community groups and implement systems for evaluating teachers and leaders based in part on student test scores.
Topic: Preschool

Caledonia pre-K program draws rave reviews

EXCERPT FROM: The Dispatch
By Carmen K. Sisson
Monday dawned dark and dreary, but Caledonia Elementary School's new pre-kindergarten class was awash in primary colors and big grins from the four-year-olds, who have no idea they're making history.  

Topic: Preschool

State budget cuts result in loss of child care funding for more than 250 Livermore kids

EXCERPT FROM: MercuryNews.com
By Robert Jordan
LIVERMORE -- Joselin Perez spent her final moments at the Marylin Avenue Elementary School day care Tuesday saying goodbye to her teachers and hugging longtime site coordinator Michele Cohoon.
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