Former Gov. Jim Hunt along with a number of high-profile business leaders came to the General Assembly Wednesday to urge legislators to preserve funding for early-childhood education.
Hunt acknowledged that lawmakers have a difficult job this session in balancing the budget. But he says Smart Start has become a symbol of pride for North Carolina, with a clear and proven track record for improving student achievement.
Republican legislators are weighing whether to cut funding for Smart Start, consolidate the program with the More at Four, or simply eliminate both. On Tuesday, House and Senate leaders said no final decisions have been made yet regarding the budget.
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