the nation
New bill would expand preschool

Months after President Obama proposed expanding preschool to every 4-year-old in the country, members of Congress unveiled legislation last week that would make it happen.

“Decades of research tell us that from infants and toddlers to preschoolers, early learning is the best investment we can make to prepare our children for a lifetime of success,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), whose bill was endorsed by 10 Democratic senators and one independent, Bernard Sanders (Vt.), but no Republicans.

Harkin said 39 states and the District offer state-funded early learning programs, but he worries that without more investment, millions of children could go without access to such programs.

The legislation would give federal aid to states that offer pre-kindergarten programs, and it is estimated to cost more than $30 billion in its first five years.

Lyndsey Layton

virginia
Loudoun seeks input for search

The Loudoun County School Board is seeking input for its superintendent search. Through an online survey, officials are asking parents and other community members what characteristics they want to see in the county’s new schools chief.

Edgar B. Hatrick III announced in the summer that he plans to retire at the end of June. He is the longest-serving superintendent in the region, after more than two decades in the job and nearly half a century with Loudoun schools.

The school board hired the firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to help with the search. The survey can be found at www.lcps.org , and results are due back by Nov. 22.

Michael Alison Chandler