It's hard not to be confused about what's going on with the early childhood program More at Four these days with court rulings, appeals, executive orders and political sniping all in the news.
Most of the explanations generally start with a ruling by Superior Court Judge Howard Manning a few weeks ago that budget changes made to More at Four this year by the General Assembly deny thousands of at risk four year olds the sound basic education that the North Carolina constitution guarantees them.
Manning pointed to language in the budget that seemed to limit to 20 percent the number of at-risk kids who could enroll in the program and was troubled by new co-payment for some parents of ten percent of their income. He also ruled that all at-risk kids should have the opportunity to enroll in More at Four.
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