Governor issues executive order to expand pre-k program

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue Thursday issued an executive order authorizing the expansion of the NC Pre-K program to serve up to 6,300 additional children by Jan. 1, 2013, the Sun Journal reports. An estimated 1,000 of those children will be served immediately in Pre-K classrooms across the state. The North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court ruling Aug. 21 mandating that the state not deny any eligible “at-risk” 4-year-old admission to the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program. Perdue identified $20 million in projected unspent funds from the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for the enrollment slots. None of the money comes from early education programs. The funding will be distributed to counties prior to the end of 2012 to fund expanded enrollment through the reminder of the 2012-2013 academic year…

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