With the final competing budget proposals revealed, the choices for how Minnesota will address several pressing education issues are clearer — but there’s still a lot of work in store for lawmakers who need to take three very different targets and pass a budget. School safety and student mental health, school funding increases, and varied approaches to early childhood education all got attention in spending plans brought by the governor, the House and the Senate. Each plan assigns hundreds of millions of dollars to education-related programs and general funding to school districts, but total new spending ranges from $206 million under the Senate Republicans’ plan to $900 million by the House DFL’s. The governor proposed $718 million in new education funding. Leaders of House and Senate education finance and policy committees have each said their budget bills reflect their top education priorities. Senate Committee Chair Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, said it was a … [Read more...] about Competing priorities: Comparing the DFL, GOP and Walz education budgets
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Everyone knows the importance of child day care for the economy. It allows parents to work while their children are in a safe environment. High-quality pre-kindergarten takes day care to a more important level, preparing toddlers for kindergarten in a variety of ways. "Exposure and experiences in the arts, culture, music, literacy, language, health, nutrition, wellness, social and emotional development, and we offer therapeutic services for children with special needs," said Shawna Pointville, owner of Excel Kids Academy in Miami Gardens. Pointville's facility is one of several identified by the Children's Trust as a high-quality pre-K provider for its new initiative, Thrive By 5. The President and CEO of the Children's Trust, Jim Haj, says the goal of Thrive by 5 is to make every child ready to hit the ground running by age five because it makes a huge difference in their educational outcomes. West Broward Senior Commands Respect, Defines Grace as A Leader "Oh, it's critical, … [Read more...] about ‘Thrive by 5’ Initiative Invests in Early Childhood Education
By George Will | PUBLISHED: November 20, 2018 at 12:45 pm | UPDATED: November 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm WASHINGTON — The world’s oldest political party has developed an aversion to discretion. The Democratic Party is manacled to an over-caffeinated base that believes that deft government can deliver parity of status to everyone while micromanaging the economy’s health care sector, which is larger than all but three other foreign nations’ economies. Inconveniently, the party must appeal to voters who, living in dread of their next interaction with the department of motor vehicles, yearn only for governmental adequacy. Which is why John Delaney, who is ending a three-term tenure as a Democratic congressman from Maryland, is seeking his party’s presidential nomination. His quest will test whether Democrats’ detestation of Donald Trump is stronger than their enthusiasm for identity politics: A white male businessman, Delaney comes to bat with three … [Read more...] about Will: A declared presidential candidate who believes in what he has lived
Express-News Editorial Board Published 5:20 pm CST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Daughter Lilly Zuniga, 2, is already learning her colors and numbers, said mom Tiffany Garza in 2017, thanks to the quality education she receives at a child care center in the Eastside Promise Neighborhood. But elsewhere in Bexar County, quality child care is lacking. less Daughter Lilly Zuniga, 2, is already learning her colors and numbers, said mom Tiffany Garza in 2017, thanks to the quality education she receives at a child care center in the Eastside Promise Neighborhood. ... more Photo: Lisa Krantz /SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS Photo: Lisa Krantz /SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Daughter Lilly Zuniga, 2, is already learning her colors and numbers, said mom Tiffany Garza in 2017, thanks to the quality … [Read more...] about Wanted: More quality child care in Bexar County
Between the halls of Congress and the campaign trail, Jared Polis stopped by a downtown Denver skyscraper on a recent Saturday morning to share some advice with a group of military veterans trying to break into the digital startup economy. The moment was quintessential Polis. It was part tech, part entrepreneurial, part government, part philanthropy. And his message to the dozens gathered there with open laptops and bite-sized breakfast burritos was simple: Your idea is the most important part of the startup process. “It starts with a vision and a plan,” he said. “It’s important to get the idea right.” This fall, Coloradans will tell Polis, 43, if he has the right ideas to be the state’s next governor. He and Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton are competing to succeed Gov. John Hickenlooper, a popular centrist Democrat who is term limited. The charismatic whiz kid who grew up to be a multimillionaire entrepreneur and congressman … [Read more...] about For Democrat Jared Polis, it starts with an idea. Colorado voters will tell him whether he’s got the right ones.