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82 Percent Of Maryland Kindergarteners Are School-Ready

An assessment of kindergartners in Maryland shows young children in the state have made huge gains over the past decade in terms of their readiness for school.

Maryland was one of the first states to give kindergarten students a comprehensive skills test. It's based on observations from teachers in the first months of school.

The Washington Post reports that for the 2012-13 school year, 82 percent of kindergartners statewide were found to be school-ready. That's up from 49 percent in 2001-02. The achievement gap is relatively small, with 79 percent African-American students in the school-ready category.

In Montgomery County, school readiness was at 80 percent. In Prince George's County, it's 73 percent, up from 36 percent in 2001-02.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Listen: 'Web Site Story,' NPR's Musical About The Internet — From 1999

Found in our archives: an Internet-themed remake of West Side Story from the dot-com bubble era. It begins with Bill Gates and features the sound of a modem but isn't as obsolete as you might expect.

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