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Feds withheld data on underperforming schools for Native kids for years

New data shows Bureau of Indian Education schools do not teach kids fast enough to close an achievement gap that starts in early childhood, and experts say socioeconomic status translates into fewer resources in the home and fewer educational opportunities.... Read more»

Report: 'Child care deserts' hit poor, rural Arizona families hardest

Arizona has 304,180 infants and toddlers who need child care but only 234,270 slots to accommodate them, with poor and rural families most likely to be left out, a recent study said.... Read more»

Navajo official worries cuts under Trump will hurt tribal schools

The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal children without preschool programs or the education resources they desperately need to succeed.... Read more»

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»

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Faith in values: Sequestration hurts all of us, not just most vulnerable

It’s Day 90 of sequestration—the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect March 1, which the Obama administration predicted would be devastating and conservatives insisted wouldn’t be so bad. Three months in, it’s worth asking how harmful the phased-in cuts have been—although that depends on whom you ask.... Read more»

Phx mayor warns DC on automatic budget cuts

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for the third time in two months to highlight the damage automatic spending cuts will have to jobs and communities if Congress does not stop the budget “sequestration.”... Read more»1