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Early childhood education backers rally at Capitol

JACKSON — A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate four-year-olds. Members of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association said at a rally yesterday at the state Capitol that they support House and Senate proposals to use state money to pay for such classes. “The time is now to invest in Mississippi’s economic future,” ...

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State-funded prekindergarten program moves forward

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill to create Mississippi’s first state-funded prekindergarten program, in limited form. House Bill 781 would create a voluntary program for 4-year-olds in some parts of the state. A similar Senate bill passed last week. Both bills call for consortiums to be set up between child care centers, public and private schools, and ...

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Preschool bills clear committees in both state houses

JACKSON — Plans for Mississippi to fund voluntary preschool are sprinting out of committees. House and Senate Education committees endorsed separate measures to set up classes for four-year-old children. The bills move to the full chambers for more debate. Both House Bill 781 and Senate Bill 2395 call for local groups to set up consortiums between public schools, Head Start ...

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Rachel Canter on doing the right thing

Rachel Canter is executive director of Mississippi First. A Starkville native, she has a B.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Q —How did Mississippi First get its start? A —In 2002, Sanford Johnson, my co-founder, and I each had summer internships in Jackson. We would meet for lunch and discuss ...

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Lawmakers to introduce bill making kindergarten mandatory

JACKSON — Momentum may be building toward making kindergarten mandatory in Mississippi. At least four senators plan to introduce bills requiring 5-year-olds to attend school, and at least one House member also plans such a bill. The Education Commission of the States says Mississippi would become the 15th state to make kindergarten attendance mandatory. The state’s public schools have been ...

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State hoping for grant to build preschool system

JACKSON — Parents would receive matching funds to send their children to better preschools. Preschool teachers would receive financial incentives to enhance their education. Those are just two elements of a proposal to improve early child education in the state if Mississippi is awarded up to $50 million in the federal Race to the Top early learning challenge. “One of ...

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