D.C.’s pre-K model for America

February 21, 2013

Queshonda Moore teaches Aria Nickens, 4, how to write letters during an early morning lesson at the AppleTree Early Learning charter school in Southwest Washington. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

When President Obama called for a massive expansion of pre-kindergarten education in his State of the Union address, he was taking a page out of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s old playbook. Universal pre-K has been a Gray priority dating back to his days as D.C. Council chairman, meaning the District is now ahead of the curve on this new presidential priority. The Post’s Susan Svrluga looks at how things are developing: “Nearly 13,000 of the city’s roughly 15,000 3- and 4-year-olds are attending public preschool. … So as national and state leaders consider a major expansion of public education, the city offers an example of how that that can play out on the ground.”

In other news:

Do we really have to pretend again like we want to have the Olympics here? (WTOPDCist)

Brazilian woman has been missing in D.C. for three weeks (Crime Scene)

Why is Vincent Orange all up in Vince Gray’s business? (Loose Lips)

Orange would ban smoking within 25 feet of child play areas (Post)

Under regional plans, East Capitol Street and South Capitol Street could lose lanes (Post)

Big-name Republicans raise funds for Patrick Mara (D.C. Wire)

LivingSocial gets $110 million of new investment (Post)

Four-year-old Hillcrest fire victim identified as Samauri Jenkins (Post)

D.C.’s Hispanics are, on the whole, better off than they were a decade ago (Examiner)

FEMS overtime is still an issue (ExaminerWTTG-TV)

Female fire cadets have reportedly accused academy instructors of sexual harassment (WJLA-TV)

Sustainable DC community gets good early reviews from enviros (DCEN)

No “war on cars,” Vince Gray says for the umpteenth time (WRC-TVWTOP)

Sequestration means $1.6 million cut for National Mall (DCist)

Thousands sign petition demanding ambulance refund for deceased heart attack victim who had to wait a half-hour for ride (WTOP)

West Heating Plant bids now exceed $5 million (Patch)

Youth Trust’s tax return is incomplete pending audit (WaTimes)

Washington Latin charter starts $23 million renovation of the former Rudolph Elementary (WBJ)

Crazy lady accused Cathy Lanier of domestic violence (ToT)

Neither the FBI nor D.C. police say they have files on Frank Kameny (Petrelis Files)

83-unit residential building planned near Potomac Avenue Metro (UrbanTurf)

Where D.C. homes were sold in 2012 (GGW)

Detective: 72-year-old man was paying 21-year-old for sex before he was killed by him (Post)

Someone ordered a stop to the city’s crusade against light-pouring bartenders (Blade)

Georgetown student government election disrupted by “secret” society revelations (City Desk)

Fred Smoot changes drunk-driving plea to guilty (Crime Scene)

Bryce Harper is pumped, in multiple ways (Post)

Georgetown-Maryland hoops series closer than ever? (Sports Bog)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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