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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State lawmakers are backing away from language that prompted a lawsuit over whether every needy child must be given pre-kindergarten education.

The move comes days before a North Carolina appeals court takes up the lawsuit. Senate leader Phil Berger says lawmakers are reversing last year’s changes to the North Carolina Pre-K program. A judge ruled they violated the state’s duty to give every child a chance at a sound, basic education.

The Legislature last year limited the number of spots for at-risk youngsters and required parents to pay up to 10 percent of their income for their children to participate.

Senators now want to remove those requirements. A lawsuit brought on by that language will be argued before the state Court of Appeals next week.

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