« Kentucky Creates Early Learning Advisory Council | Main | Advocates Split on Age-Focus in Race to Top Early-Ed. Contest »

N.C. Judge Orders State Pre-K Services Restored

A federal judge today ordered that North Carolina cannot limit the number of 4-year-olds enrolled in the state's pre-kindergarten program, long known as More at Four, the Associated Press reports. It's not clear yet whether the state will have to rewrite its 2012 budget to comply with the order.

The state's recently passed budget cut pre-K spending by 20 percent and made other changes, such as limiting enrollment of at-risk 4-year-olds to 20 percent of total enrollment.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr.'s order bars the state from limiting the participation of at-risk children. "It is the duty of the State of North Carolina to protect each and every one of these at-risk and defenseless children, and to provide them their lawful opportunity, through a quality pre-kindergarten program" guaranteed by the state constitution," Manning wrote.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments