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Ready for School Update, Spring 2014

 

rfs-side-logo-transpRFS advocacy in 2014 included refining rules for use of the Kindergarten Partnership & Innovation Fund. In January, the Early Learning Council (ELC) made a change to their draft rules in order to allow some capital expenditures such as books and furniture after RFS spent time advocating with key decision-makers to soften the exclusion. We continue to monitor the roll out of the request for proposals, the applications that are submitted, and the awards granted.

During the 2014 February Legislative Session, we identified an opportunity to advocate for a small restoration of funding to Head Start and other early learning programs during the short legislative session. This is a continuation of advocacy for Head Start funding CI has done in the past, an opportunity to serve more children, and a chance to reconnect with key legislators. The Legislature subsequently added back almost all of the funding to early learning programs.

Ready for School Policy News and Blogs

  • Initiatives from Preschool to Third Grade

     

    From the Education Commission of the States, this Early Learning Primer serves as a reference guide for policymakers and their staffs on the most commonly requested topics from preschool to third grade. The brief is organized in response to the two types of questions policymakers most commonly ask ECS about P-3 approaches.

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  • Oregon Education Investment Board assesses itself

    15606186-mmmainOregon's overarching education board, handpicked by Gov. John Kitzhaber to try to overcome the state's educational mediocrity, on Tuesday sized up where the board stands after three years in operation — and expressed a lot of discontent.

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