Category Archives: National vs. state vs. local

Different views of “investing in Julia”

Nancy Folbre, an economist at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has a good on-line column at the New York Times on the recent controversy over the Obama campaign’s online ad about an imaginary woman named Julia. The Obama ad tried to … Continue reading

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Universal pre-K and the Presidential campaign

Prominent bloggers Kevin Drum and Matt Yglesias have both linked to Dana Goldstein’s brief blog post suggesting that universal pre-K be a key issue in the Presidential campaign. Dana Goldstein advocates for high-quality universal pre-K and child care for all … Continue reading

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Making the case for pre-K: some fiscal and economic arithmetic

Andrew Rotherham has an April 5th Time magazine column with the ominous title, “Are Pre-K Programs About To Get Gutted?” Mr. Rotherham apparently has access to an advance copy of the forthcoming annual report on state preschool programs from the … Continue reading

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Which businesses should be interested in “the business case” for early childhood programs?

Sara Mead has a recent blog entry that comments on problems with the likely interest of business leaders in promoting state and local education. Her comment was in part prompted by Steve Perlstein’s comments on problems in local leadership for … Continue reading

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Generating good jobs: what role for government?

I have been asked by some persons my reaction to the recent New York Times article by Motoko Rich on state customized job training programs. I have argued that state customized job training programs can be an effective way of … Continue reading

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How does a state’s investment in early childhood programs pay off for the state?

I’m continuing to provide brief answers to questions I’ve received at presentations I have made on early childhood programs. Today’s question is the following: “How does a state’s investment in early childhood programs pay off for the state? We live … Continue reading

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National initiatives and grassroots political support for early childhood programs

The federal government recently announced the state winners for its Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (ELC). ELC will provide support for states to better coordinate their early childhood programs, provide better assessment of program quality, and provide … Continue reading

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Why the goal of local economic development should be higher earnings per capita, not job growth, and why it matters

Developing good local economic development policies depends in part on having the right goals. Many economic developers and policymakers see economic development as being about increasing local job growth. But increasing local job growth is not a sound goal for … Continue reading

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Preschool teachers and President Obama’s jobs proposal

There have been some blog posts about making sure that early childhood programs are included in any new jobs legislation.  It is therefore important that the just-released (on September 12) text of the “American Jobs Act” proposed by President Obama … Continue reading

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Interpreting the conflicting evidence on Head Start effectiveness

The evidence on the effectiveness of Head Start is mixed. On the one hand, the recent random assignment study of Head Start found that test score effects of Head Start mostly disappeared by the end of first grade. On the … Continue reading

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