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Mass. advocates launch ambitious campaign for publicly funded early education

“Back in the 1800s, Massachusetts pioneered what was at the time a revolutionary idea— that K-12 education should be a public good, that education should be accessible to all children and families,” said state Senator Jason Lewis, a Winchester Democrat and lead sponsor of the bill. “It’s time now for Massachusetts to once again lead our nation by establishing that high-quality early education and child care should be viewed the same way — as a public good.”

The initiative may sound too good to be true to beleaguered parents, not to mention budget hawks. The sweeping reform could cost hundreds

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New Mexico weighs new investments in early education

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo final preparations are made at the New Mexico House of Representative as state lawmakers trickle into the Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. The New Mexico legislature is considering a bill that would consolidate the efforts of multiple state agencies to expand high-speed internet. The effort comes a year into a coronavirus pandemic has pushed education and healthcare online, eroding resident's access to public services proportional to how far they are from an internet connection.
FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo final preparations are made at the New Mexico House of Representative as state lawmakers trickle into the Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. The New Mexico legislature is considering a bill that would consolidate the efforts of multiple state agencies to expand high-speed internet. The effort comes a year into a coronavirus pandemic has pushed education and healthcare online, eroding resident’s access to public services proportional to how far they are from an internet connection.Morgan Lee/AP

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The

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Guaranteeing early childhood education is groundbreaking | Editorials

The right for younger children to have an education soon could be included in the New Mexico Constitution.

For those of us in New Mexico, the push to expand early childhood education is hardly news.

We know that early childhood education backers have worked for much of a decade on the issue. They have wanted the state Legislature to approve a proposed constitutional amendment diverting money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to provide a consistent stream of funds to pay for educating children under 5. If passed through the Legislature and approved by voters, the money would help provide

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Re-envisioning early childhood education and care in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The special commission working to improve the quality of the state’s early childhood education system gave an update on their progress Thursday. Governor JB Pritzker is determined to make Illinois the best state for families raising young children.

Pritzker established the Illinois Early Childhood Funding Commission last December. Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who co-chairs the commission, says members continued their important discussions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pritzker administration knows access to high-quality early childhood education and care is unfairly and inequitably distributed across the state. Commission members recommend lawmakers redesign the early childhood funding mechanisms

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Early success of COVID-19 vaccine candidates fuels optimism, but experts warn ‘a lot has to go right’

Propelled by encouraging results from early experiments, the clock has ticked forward one hour since June in USA TODAY’s countdown to a vaccine against COVID-19. For July, the hands sit at 5 a.m., our panel of experts estimates.

Midnight is the starting point of the pandemic in the USA, and noon is the time a vaccine will be widely available to Americans, so this race is far from over. 

“These first steps simply mean that we haven’t fallen at the first hurdle,” said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of immunization education with the Immunization Action Coalition. “That doesn’t change the

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