Uncategorized

Pre-K, poverty, and the 47 percent…(video)

It has now been exactly a month since a state appeals court ruled that all at-risk four-year-olds should be allowed to enroll in NC Pre-K, the state’s award winning preschool program. Instead of coming up with the funding to respond to the court’s ruling, legislative leaders have instead chosen to appeal the court’s decision, leaving thousands of at-risk kids locked out of the program that the court says is part of their constitutional right to a sound, basic education.

Rob Thompson with the Covenant with the North Carolina’s Children and the coalition Together NC joins us this week on News & Views to talk about access to NC Pre-K and new Census numbers that find more than half a million North Carolina children (roughly 580,000) live in poverty.

Thompson also weighs in on Mitt Romney’s ‘47 percent’ remark, which has dominated the news this week.

For a preview of Thompson’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

2 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    September 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Pre K is nothing more than free day care. We can’t afford it anymore.

  2. JeffS

    September 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I suspect you have absolutely no idea what is or is not taught in Pre-K Frank.

    Am I wrong?

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. General Assembly-ordered cuts likely to hamper services ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

When Gov. Roy Cooper visits Wilmington on Monday, it's unlikely that he will be greeted by the [...]

When Gov. Roy Cooper signed the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention or STOP Act into law last month, [...]

Support for needy districts and key positions within North Carolina’s top public school agency may b [...]

Wilmington is bustling this summer. Downtown, horse-drawn carriages take tourists along the riverfro [...]

It’s not an original thought to point out that the Trump Administration is a larger version of what [...]

Why this is not “business as usual” and should not be condoned Sometimes all one can do is stand and [...]

5.0---percentage of overall state spending in the 2017-2018 budget passed by the General Assembly as [...]

The post A legislative addiction appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more