West Virginia receives praise from U.S. Secretary of Education

The U.S. Secretary of Education is calling West Virginia's early learning program a good model for the country.

Reports say U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. praised the Mountain State this week for its commitment to early education.

King applauded West Virginia's pre-K participation rate and the state's focus on transitions from pre-K to Kindergarten.

West Virginia public schools currently offers free pre-K to all 4-year-olds and 3-year-olds with special needs.

King also announced this week the U.S. Department of Education's new guidance that explains how states can use federal dollars under the "Every Student Succeeds Act" for early learning.