Smart Start Struggle
Updated: Thursday, November 1 2012, 06:01 PM EDT
The list is long for children hoping to enter early education programs. But some educators say it's not fair.
In its 2011 session, early education budgets were cut by 20 percent. Now there are nearly 6,000 fewer North Carolina children in pre-kindergarten programs. This year, the program asked for $25 million to be restored. Legislators declined to do so.
Now, roughly 800 children in Buncombe County are hoping for a child care slot on a waiting list that's 8 months long.
News 13 reached out to state representatives who voted for the cuts, but they declined an interview.
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