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D.C. Tops Charts For Pre-K Enrollment

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When D.C. is compared to states, it has the highest percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K programs as well as the highest spending per child.

States are doing a better job at educating 3 and 4-year-olds over the past decade. That’s according to a report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (pdf). But more than 9,000 fewer 4-year-olds were enrolled in state-funded pre-K programs across the U.S in 2013 than the year before.

D.C. meets eight of ten standards evaluated, including requiring specialized teacher training, a staff student ratio of 1:10 or better and programs that offer health screenings including for vision and hearing.

Maryland also meets eight of the ten standards but ranks slightly lower on the list for access and state funding compared to D.C. And Virginia meets six of the ten standards and ranks 26th for access and 23rd in state spending.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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