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Education secretary stresses need for high-quality early learning
The Daily Progress Thursday, November 03, 2016 at 4 a.m.
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. focused on the importance of both quality and access to preschool learning in the nation during the 12th annual Walter N. Ridley lecture at the University of Virginia’s Alumni Hall on Wednesday.
 
The lecture, sponsored by the Curry School of Education and the Ridley Scholarship Fund, is named after the first African-American student to graduate from UVa. Ridley received his doctorate in education from the Curry School in 1953.
 
“Looking at the faces in this room, it is clear that UVa honors Dr. Ridley's legacy by ensuring a diverse student body, drawing students from all over the country,” said King, who became education secretary in March.

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