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Good intentions aside, Strong Start Tucson is a bad idea

At first glance Strong Start Tucson—the initiative that promises high-quality preschool for up to 8,500 kids—seems like a nice idea. But voters should look closer at what the initiative would actually do. It is flawed in ways that could produce disastrous outcomes. I think it’s a risk Tucsonans would be unwise to take.... Read more»2

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Strong Start Tucson: Is one penny on a $2 ice cream cone too much?

Children who go to high-quality preschool perform better in school, complete more years of education, and become productive members of a more educated workforce. I wish we could provide every kid in AZ the chance SST will offer Tucson’s kids. Until that day, let’s make progress for our children, close to home, here in Tucson.... Read more»3

Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

Head Start, the first early education program in the U.S., is undergoing its first overhaul in more than 40 years.... Read more»

Federal report finds scant scientific evidence Head Start is effective

Politicians and policy makers have been arguing about whether Head Start works ever since the program began in the 1960s. 50 years later, after more than 30 million children have been through the program, a report from the U.S. Department of Education concludes that we still don't have much rigorous research evidence to show that Head Start is effective in preparing children for elementary school.... Read more»

Obama’s preschool stretch

The president makes misleading claims in his effort to sell a universal preschool plan. ... Read more»

Report: Az failing to support preschool education

Arizona has “shut the door” on preschool programs by making funding cuts that leave a bleak educational future for the state’s children, according to a report released Tuesday.... Read more»1