Pre-K heading to NC's morally compromised Supreme Court

Just the fact that they're willing to hear it is not good:

The North Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether the state can deny at-risk children access to public pre-kindergarten programs. The state Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Manning's ruling last August, saying that state can't erect artificial barriers to N.C. Pre-K. State lawmakers appealed the ruling, and the Supreme Court allowed the petition for discretionary review.

What probably won't be discussed by this august body is how the Republican-led General Assembly is actively pushing tens of thousands of North Carolina families into (or deeper into) poverty, vastly increasing the number of our children at risk. But what is pertinent to this case is how the petition filed by Roy Cooper is fundamentally flawed:

Subsequent to Leandro II, the trial court afforded the State discretion to choose an effective remedy to address the Constitutional deficiencies impacting at-risk prospective enrollees. In response, the State repeatedly represented to the trial court that its chosen remedy to address these Constitutional deficiencies was to ensure that "every at-risk four-year-old has access to a quality prekindergarten program."

Contrary to the contentions raised in its Petition, the State, not the trial court, chose statewide prekindergarten programming as the State's Leandro II remedy.

Lost in the noise from the right about what constitutes "at-risk", or even the effectiveness of early childhood education itself, is one simple fact: the Legislature is trying to do an end-run around the NC Constitution by setting arbitrary percentages and budget restrictions.

Both Manning and the appellate court understood this, but I fear our new supposedly Constitution-loving Supreme Court will gladly allow the scope to be refocused on the irrelevant.

Comments

It's shameful this is even

It's shameful this is even being discussed. I've had the opportunity to be included in some field trips and events with Pre-K kids and it was amazing how happy and proud these kids are to learn and be a part of their class. If it weren't for Pre-K a lot of these kids would be glued to the TV eating Pop Tarts all day. Instead they are learning to count, memorize ABCs, becoming more socialized and eating at least one good meal a day.

Don't we owe it to ourselves just as much as we owe it to our kids....?

expect this to get FAR worse

expect this to get FAR worse in the next 4 years.
The state will be spiraling down the proverbial toilet for as long as we are under 100% totalitarian Tpublican rule.
The few democrats in the State House and Senate really should just go home and not attend anything, no reason to bother to vote.
They should hold meetings elsewhere with the Public in attendance and that is all.