Adding to the list of reasons to support Sam Ervin IV in his bid for the NC Supreme Court:
The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday to uphold a lower court decision that says the state cannot deny at-risk children admission to public pre-kindergarten programs. Legislative leaders said they plan to appeal the decision to the North Carolina Supreme Court, so it's doubtful any changes would take effect this year.
I don't expect Tillis and Berger to read this or take it into consideration, but: When your assaults on the Constitution are so great you have to rely on a bent Supreme Court to protect your bad policy moves, don't you think it's time to sit back and say, "Wait a minute. What is it we're trying to do?" Part of what was upheld:
[based] on the record now before the Court,
it appears that the State has taken the prekindergarten program (formerly MAF) established for at-risk 4 year olds and reduced the number of slots available to at-risk 4 year old upwards of 80% without providing any alternative high quality prekindergarten option for at-risk 4 year olds at all.
[T]his artificial barrier, or any other barrier, to access to prekindergarten for at-risk 4 year olds may not be enforced.
Simply put, it is the duty of the State of North Carolina to protect each and every one of these at-risk and defenseless children, and to provide them their lawful opportunity, through a quality prekindergarten program, to take advantage of their equal opportunity to obtain a sound basic education as guaranteed by the North Carolina constitution.