Governor Perdue Wants $30-Million From Lawmakers For Pre-K In 2012

Gov. Beverly Perdue is asking state legislators to find another $30 million she says is required by a judge's order to provide pre-kindergarten education to all at-risk 4-year-olds.

Perdue's office said Monday she was asking the General Assembly for the money to enroll another 6,300 children in North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten starting in January.

A Superior Court judge ensuring that state officials obey the North Carolina constitution's requirement to provide all children a good, basic education ruled in July that no eligible 4-year-old could be denied a place in the program.

The state budget approved this summer over Perdue's veto cut funding for pre-kindergarten education by $32 million while requiring that the high standards be maintained and that most parents co-pay for the services.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    At some point, people seem to take it for granted that schools are solely responsible for their children's education. It even seems like they expect teachers to teach manners while parents just sit idly by while their kids scream and act up in the middle of marketplaces or restaurants. Time for parents to get off their butts and DO some parenting! No one is stopping you from sitting down and reading to your children once in a while. What's stopping you from getting a bag of alphabet magnets and teaching them the alphabet? Come on, people! Schools and teachers can only do so much! You have to teach them at home!
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Oct 14, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    take it from the lottery, they are sitting on millions, it says NC EDUCATIONAL use it for such...
  • by Gregory on Oct 11, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    MAybe if these morons would quit reproducing (remeber dogs can do it) we would not have any "at risk" 4 year olds! Let'd just take the money and flush it down a toilet - same thing! WE THE PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by I Fought the Law on Oct 11, 2011 at 03:28 AM
    "At risk 4 year olds".....what a joke. They can bearly be potty trained and already "at risk". The guberment at its finest wasting MORE of MY hard earned money.
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      by I Fought the Law on Oct 11, 2011 at 05:27 AM in reply to I Fought the Law
      Oh and I forgot to thank Bev for yet ANOTHER stupid decision for even considering this.
  • by Marty on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM
    You can Pay me now or You can Pay me later comes into play. Pre K funding is pretty cheap compared to the cost of inmate housing. Per person.
    We've all seen it. A kid falls behind. Then drops out. An idle mind is a terrible thing.
    Before y'all start, I never had children and I say use my taxes for all of the education that is needed. It's better then some other things.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 at 02:58 AM in reply to Marty
      Marty, being you're not a parent maybe you don't understand.... parents have a role being parents. Teaching them their ABC's, english language, colors, shapes, pictures are all done AT HOME. Why should a state agency be needed for what parents should be doing ? I've got 3 kids, none have needed pre-K. When they start kindergarden they already know their ABC's, basic words, ect. And yeah, my wife and I both work.
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      by Earl on Oct 11, 2011 at 03:26 AM in reply to Marty
      Typical argument; however, no one can produce any research to support the claim that pre-school programs reduce dropouts or have any effect on prison populations. The only studies cited to support More at 4 show that by the end of the 3rd grade, any increases shown by students attending pre-school have dissolved. There are some programs that have research to show they work to increase student learning and reduce dropouts, but they are typically targeted at 3rd-9th graders.
  • by tug Location: New bern on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    Up until about 6 months ago I agreed with doing away with the program and I do have philosophical differences with it. I want my taxes back. I wish it wasn't needed. Parents should step up as most do. However,I have had recent experience with More at 4 through a friend. Most of these kids are NOT receiving the attention they need at home. DSS is involved in most cases. Some are abused, most are neglected. This is an 8 hour block of the day where some of these kids can feel safe, get fed, and be a normal kid. Some have behavioral issues due to lack of discipline and other things at home. Also they can catch up to the level of learning needed in Kindergarten. Its not the kid's fault. I am a proud Republican but I have changed my mind on this program.
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      by I Fought the Law on Oct 11, 2011 at 04:24 AM in reply to tug
      So already at 4 years old the PARENTS are not doing THEIR job so ME the TAXPAYER has to step in and pay for these kids upbringing......a big ole NOT.
  • by TOm on Oct 10, 2011 at 08:08 PM
    Oh just more of this care stuff being rammed down our throats, next the liberals will say these younger years are more important than any other time.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    Pre-K is nothing but state subsidised FREE DAY CARE ! Ignore the truth all you want, that's all it is. If men/women do the deed, they should be able to take care of the babies that follow. Last I checked, condoms were FREE all over the place.... or better yet as Harry said, "keep the zipper shut" ! Use my tax dollars for the purpose it was intended, not for day care.
  • by taxpayer Location: moss hill on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    Take it from the State fair or from the Judges Courtroom. The lawmakers can eliminate the Judges position from the budget. He wants to support them....let him.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:08 PM
    You know Bev, when I was growing up my Papa taught me if I have a child then I pay for that child's food, shelter, medical care and education as it was my moment of pleasure which caused procreation, not my neighbors. He further made it clear if I had to do without so the child would have what was needed then he expected me to step up to the plate. As he put it to me so crudely, "Keep the zipper up until you have the financial resources to be a Father". Sounds like NC legislators need to heed my Daddy's advice and legislate financial responsibility for parents.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM in reply to Harry
      Yours is a common statement; however, consider this, when you had those children, the Federal and State governments provided you with tax deductions and credits for 18 years. This is the government giving you assistance. Those without kids have to pay a higher tax, The logic between this and the pre K is much the same. I'm sure you would not have given up your Child Tax Credit for your principles on this issue.
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        by Harry on Oct 11, 2011 at 06:17 AM in reply to
        The DEDUCTION Uncle Sam and the State "Granted Me" was money they seized by coercion from me to start. So they did not give me anything. Where is it written I am responsible to support your penile activity?
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        by Dar on Oct 12, 2011 at 09:23 PM in reply to
        Are you for real. Exemptions are not government assistance. You want to know assistance? How about an unwed female with 2 to 3 children, working enough to max out EIC (refundable credit) as well as Child Tax Credit (orig. started as a non-refundable credit but was later changed) which enables someone to obtain an 7000 to 10000 refund while milking the system for 25 years & living a deadbeat life. Your logic, rather lack of logic, re/deducting children on tax returns was laughable. It's my money that I EARNED that supports my childen & hard-working taxpayers are tired of paying the consequences for lousy decision made by ones who want to live off the system. Darn right, we are taxed enough already AND when I messed up, it is my mess to clean it people need to suck it up & be responsible & raise THEIR own children & not expect taxpayers & educators to do it for them.
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