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Head Start Advocates Take Budget Battle to the Streets, on the Air and to Facebook and Twitter

Ron Herndon with Tommy Sherriden

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The battle is old but some of the tactics are new. Head Start has faced threats of budget cuts many times before. But this time they have added new media and social media to their arsenal of tools to mobilize their supporters and apply pressure to legislators. In this NHSA Radio segment, the chairman of the board for the National Head Start Association goes on the air to offer three things operators, parents and advocates can do to save Head Start from devastating budget cuts. How will a new crop of legislators respond to a new kind of of public pressure accelerated and amplified by new media and social media?

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3 Reasons Next Week May Be an Historic Turning Point in Public Education Reform

Secretary Arne Duncan, Dan Domenech, Randi Weingarten

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Next week hundreds of teams of school board presidents, school superintendents and teacher union leaders will converge at a "collaboration" conference in Denver. The event is being called historic by some education leaders. It is also being compared to the unprecedented breaking down of barriers among traditional adversaries that was orchestrated at this year's State of The Union address. Even some traditional cynics are acknowledging that next week could indeed be an historic turning point in public education. In this pre-event interview, we go behind the scenes and speak candidly with three of the key organizers.

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Six Education Leaders Take Their Most Troubling Questions to Secretary Arne Duncan

Domenech, Vinci, Connelly, Palmer, Tirozzi and Musso with Secretary Arne Duncan 

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Prominent leaders from across the education community joined Secretary Arne Duncan via conference call, seeking answers to some of their constituents ' biggest concerns. Secretary Duncan fielded questions from leaders representing school principals, school superintendents, Head Start, child care and school business officials. Tough questions spanned the spectrum from dealing with unfunded mandates to gaining more support for early childhood education.

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Will NCLB Be Ended or Mended? Will the New Name Be "Every Child Counts?"

Secretary Arne Duncan, Sen. Harkin (D), Sen. Enzi (R) and Sen. Alexander (R)

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President Obama made it clear that education is a top priority during his State of the Union Address. But will the troubled No Child Left Behind program be repaired or replaced? In this segment U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is joined by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in a national press call following the President’s address. They outline the changes ahead for NCLB and share, possibly for the first time, what the name of the new program may be. How about, "Every Child Counts"? 

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