Gov. Perdue today issued a statement on a House proposal affecting NC Pre-K.
"Expanding access to early childhood education is the right thing to do for North Carolina's working families. Not only did a North Carolina judge rule that the state is under a constitutional obligation to provide NC Pre-K to all eligible, at-risk 4-year-olds, but a mountain of research clearly demonstrates that this proven program provides real benefit to the lives of children.
After public outcry, it's encouraging to see a House committee back off a proposal that would cut eligibility to the program for tens of thousands of children from working families.
I call on the General Assembly to ensure that such a short-sighted proposal never resurfaces and I invite the General Assembly to join me in working to expand this vital and effective program for the children of North Carolina."