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Pre-K program spending unlikely to change soon

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A top North Carolina legislative budget-writer says there are no immediate plans to address preschool spending for at-risk 4-year-olds because litigation on the state's program is running through the courts.

Republican Sen. Richard Stevens of Cary made the comments Wednesday after an advocacy group held a news conference urging lawmakers to fulfill Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's request to spend $30 million to teach another 6,300 preschoolers starting in January.

Rob Thompson with the Covenant with North Carolina's Children says legislators should act when they return to work later this month.

Perdue said her request was the first step toward fulfilling a judge's ruling that struck down some North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten budget provisions. Perdue says needy children cannot be turned away from the program.

State attorneys are appealing the ruling.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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