NC Appeals Pre-K Ruling Mandating Access To School

The state Attorney General's Office has filed an appeal of a court ruling that the state must provide pre-kindergarten education to all at-risk 4-year-olds.

The appeal was filed Wednesday at the behest of Republican legislators, who say the ruling could bust the budget.

The appeal is the latest move in a battle over the state's constitutional obligation to give every child a sound, basic education.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. ruled last month that the state's established responsibility to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten meant the state budget couldn't limit the number of spots for at-risk youngsters or require a co-payment from parents of up to 10 percent of their income to participate.

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