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Smart Start results vary, say critics

COLUMBIA -- Five years after North Carolina launched Smart Start, the state cannot conclusively say it has increased children's readiness for kindergarten. Gov. Jim Hodges wants to spend $20 million on a South Carolina version called First Steps, which would begin as a pilot program in about a dozen counties and expand gradually.

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