Monthly Archives: January 2013

Link to results of my live chat on school funding and student achievement

I was part of a live online chat today at MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette. The transcript of the chat comments and my responses can be found here. The chat was based on testimony I recently presented to the Kalamazoo School Board. The … Continue reading

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Michigan Radio’s special on pre-K

I was interviewed by reporter Dustin Dwyer for a Michigan Radio special report on preschool that aired today. The “State of Opportunity” portion of Michigan Radio’s website has an edited transcript and audio of the special, and a guide with links … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood program design issues, Early childhood programs, Economic development

Yes, there is research supporting benefits of preschool for non-disadvantaged families

A recent article by Melinda Wenner Moyer at Slate got my attention with the following provocative statement: “Research suggests that preschool only benefits children from… disadvantaged families.” The article was in the contest of suggesting that affluent New York City … Continue reading

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There’s nothing new under the Sun

Over the holiday break, and inspired by the movie Lincoln, I read an excellent biography of the well-known Pennsylvania politician Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868), written by the late Hans Trefousse. Stevens is best-known as an abolitionist leader and advocate for black … Continue reading

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