Lt. Gov. Candidate: Expand More At Four, Raise Dropout Age

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Hampton Dellinger has a public education plan that he said will help the youngest and oldest students in public schools.

The Durham attorney said 3-year-old children should be included in the state-funded More at Four program, which enables tens of thousands of 4-year-olds to attend preschool.

Dellinger also wants to raise the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18 to help reduce the dropout rate.

Other programs outlined in his plan would give parents electronic access to their child's attendance and academic information and allow students to take home laptop computers for homework assignments.

Dellinger is a former aide to Governor Mike Easley and is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination.

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