Commission: Pre-K for poor students within decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Education Department commission is recommending pre-kindergarten programs for every poor student within 10 years.
The recommendation, released Tuesday, adds a timeframe to President Barack Obama's similar call to help the least advantaged arrive for their first day of classes as prepared as their counterparts from more affluent homes.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says too many children "who need the most help get the least."
The report's recommendations aren't binding but offer hints for how Obama might want to implement his plan to expand early childhood education. The administration has been short on details for the program he first introduced during his State of the Union.
The commission's main charge is to address how to remove inequality in schools, and officials says pre-kindergarten programs are a smart start.