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Commission: Pre-K for poor students within decade

An Education Department commission is recommending pre-kindergarten programs for every poor student within 10 years, adding 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, the Associated Press reports. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday released his Equity and Excellence Commission’s report, which is not binding but includes input from his top aides and the White House’s chief education policy adviser. In the report, the commissioners documented the inequalities of the nation’s schools and recommended ways to ensure that students from poorer neighborhoods aren’t automatically enrolled in less-effective schools…

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