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Feb 7, 2013 8:21 AM by AP

State seeks bids for pre-K overhaul

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials say they are soliciting bids from school districts and others for pilot projects to overhaul pre-kindergarten classes in Louisiana.

The changes stem from a 2012 state law, which assigned details of the do-over to the state Department of Education and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The new setup is aimed at revamping what critics call a pre-kindergarten system that features uneven quality, standards and availability.

The rate of children entering kindergarten ready to learn is 54 percent. State officials hope to get that number to 70 percent.

The information released by the state Department of Education on Wednesday is called a request for applications.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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