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Too young for kindergarten? Tide turning against 4-year-olds (NAT)

New York Times
Winnie Hu
05-27-11
Erin Ferrantino rarely has to consult the birthday chart in her kindergarten classroom to pick out the Octobers, Novembers and Decembers.

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Some states wary of new Race to Top cash (NAT)

Education Week
Michele McNeil
06-01-11
For U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, handing out hundreds of millions in federal money isn’t as easy as it once was.

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Study: Developmental delay for late preterm babies (NAT)

WebMD
Denise Mann
05-31-11
Late preterm babies born from 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy may be at an increased risk for modest developmental and academic problems up to age 7, when compared to babies born at full term, according to a new study.

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Rules set for fresh round of 'i3' grants (NAT)

Education Week
Michele McNeil
06-03-11
The second round of the Investing in Innovation federal grant program will be a smaller, $150 million contest for districts and nonprofits that will require fewer private-sector matching dollars, ask applicants to focus on rural schools, and change how evidence of past success is used in the scoring process.

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Divorce can hurt kids' math scores, friendships (NAT)

U.S. News and World Report
Alan Mozes
06-02-11
Young children of divorce are not only more likely to suffer from anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem and sadness, they experience long-lasting setbacks in interpersonal skills and math test scores, new research suggests.

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Pediatricians: No energy drinks for kids; greatly limit use of sports drinks (NAT)

CNN - The Chart
Sanjay Gupta and Elizabeth Cohen
05-30-11
Most children and adolescents do not need sports drinks according to a clinical report published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The report also finds that energy drinks are never appropriate for children or teenagers– water should be the primary beverage choice.

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Fewer students attend private schools (NAT)

U.S. News and World Report
Jason Koebler
05-30-11
The number of pre-K through 12th grade students enrolled in private schools—especially Catholic institutions—has sharply declined over the past decade, according to a new government report released May 26.

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Proposed Ill. budget hits human services, schools (IL)

Business Week
Christopher Willis
06-03-11
Education and human services, along with the workers who deliver them, take the biggest hit in the state budget just approved by Illinois lawmakers.

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Military group presses Pa. on education funding (PA)

Education Week
Associated Press
06-02-11
Retired military leaders are asking Pennsylvania lawmakers to reject proposed cuts in state aid for early childhood education out of concern that a large group of young Americans are unfit to join the military.

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Education tag team: Governor and mayor talk pre-K dollars with feds (GA)

Atlanta Journal Constitution  - Get Schooled
Maureen Downey
06-01-11
As I reported last week, the feds announced a second Race to the Top initiative aimed at preschool-age children.

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Denver schools, college team up to train teachers for linguistically diverse classrooms (CO)

Denver Post
Yesenia Robles
05-31-11
In its first two years, an innovative "teacher residency" program has placed 55 teachers with special training in hard-to-staff Denver classrooms.

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Educating Young Children with NAEYC (NAT)

Blog Talk Radio
EduTalk
06-02-11
NAEYC's Peter Pizzolongo is interviewed about the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development.

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