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US Education Chief Praises Early Learning Program In W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The U.S. secretary of education has called West Virginia’s early learning program a good model for the country.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. praised the state for its commitment to early education during an event at the West Virginia Department of Education’s headquarters on Thursday.

King lauded West Virginia’s pre-K participation rate and the state’s focus on transitions from pre-K to kindergarten.

West Virginia public schools currently offer free pre-K to all 4-year-olds and 3-year-olds with special needs.

King used his visit to announce the U.S. Department of Education’s new guidance that explains how states can use federal dollars, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, for early learning.