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NC appeals court considers pre-K for at-risk kids

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers are backtracking months after legislation that cut access to pre-kindergarten education for needy children and hours before that law is examined by an appeals court.

The General Assembly on Tuesday approved legislation reversing last year's limits to the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program.

Lawmakers acted the same day the state Court of Appeals considers whether every needy 4-year-old must be given help to prepare them for a successful school career.

A state judge appointed to oversee education rights cases ruled last year that the Legislature limited spots for at-risk youngsters and required parents to make co-payments of up to 10 percent of their income, violating the state's constitution to give every child a chance at a sound, basic education.

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