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N.C. Appeals Court Upholds Pre-K Ruling

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A state appeals court has upheld a lower court decision that says North Carolina cannot deny at-risk children admission to the state's prekindergarten program.

A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals ruled unanimously last week against the state, which argued that a Superior Court judge went too far in throwing out legislative changes last year to the prekindergarten program.

Those changes included limits on the number of children considered at-risk that could be served and required some co-payments for the free program.

Appeals Court Judge Rick Elmore wrote that the state misinterpreted the order to mean legislators must provide prekindergarten to all at-risk 4-year-olds in North Carolina. He said the order was about eliminating artificial barriers to program entry.

Vol. 32, Issue 02, Page 5

Published in Print: August 29, 2012, as N.C. Appeals Court Upholds Pre-K Ruling
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