NAACP to push GOP lawmakers on pre-kindergarten

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Rev. William Barber, NC-NAACP

Rev. William Barber, NC-NAACP

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina NAACP’s president says the civil rights group is launching a campaign targeting Republican legislators who have resisted full funding for the state’s pre-kindergarten enrichment program.

The Rev. William Barber said Friday the group planned to hold events statewide drawing attention to GOP leaders’ plans to further challenge a state Appeals Court ruling last week.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling that legislative changes would deprive most children from benefiting from the state program designed to help disadvantaged 4-year-olds gear up for school. The court said any at-risk child whose parents seek admission to the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program must be admitted.

Spokesmen for House and Senate GOP leaders declined comment.

Source: The Associated Press

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