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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Thousands of North Carolina parents are wondering whether their 4-year-olds will attend taxpayer-paid pre-kindergarten this year despite a judge’s ruling that all needy families should have access.

Stephanie Grimes of Winston-Salem said Tuesday that conflicting information is frustrating parents like her. She says she was told last winter her 4-year-old qualified based on income for a slot in Forsyth County’s program, only to see that opportunity wiped out when the General Assembly cut funding by 20 percent in July.

Grimes said she thought after Gov. Bev Perdue last week ordered state agencies to figure out how to broaden the program that her child would be guaranteed a classroom spot.

The reality is that she’s on a waiting list after 900 families applied for 569 funded slots.

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