Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 6:57 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 30 May 2012, 6:57 AM EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Days before a North Carolina appeals court takes up whether every needy child must be given pre-kindergarten education, state lawmakers are walking back from language that prompted a lawsuit.
Senate committees on Wednesday continue reviewing a broad education policy overhaul. The proposal scraps job-protecting teacher tenure laws, increases the emphasis on reading skills in early grades, and adds nearly 2,300 slots to the North Carolina Pre-K program.
The Legislature last year limited the number of spots for at-risk youngsters and required parents to co-payments up to 10 percent of their income for their children to participate.
Senators now want to remove those requirements. A lawsuit brought on by that language will be argued before the state Court of Appeals next week.
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