NC governor stumps on pre-kindergarten services

NC governor stumps on pre-kindergarten services

NC governor stumps on pre-kindergarten services

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 15 at 1:51 PM

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Beverly Perdue is visiting the Outer Banks to boost a new front in her ongoing contest with legislative Republicans over education spending.

The Democratic governor visits a Manteo elementary school Monday to talk about the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program.

Perdue last week issued an executive order that pre-kindergarten education be offered to all eligible 4-year-olds while maintaining existing academic standards. A state judge last month said the state must offer the program for at-risk kids as part of its duty to provide a good, basic education.

Neither Perdue nor the judge said how the state would pay for a potential flood of thousands of children.

Republican lawmakers say the pressure threatens to disrupt the state budget .
 

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