Under current law, a 4-year-old is considered at-risk and eligible for the program if his or her family makes less than 75 percent of the state's median wage, or about $39,000 a year for a family of three. Children are also eligible if they have an active-duty military parent, limited English proficiency, developmental problems or chronic illness.
More than 60,000 children a year in North Carolina are eligible for the program under the current guidelines.
The proposal would reduce the family income threshold to the federal poverty level, about $19,500 for a family of three. Children with limited English proficiency or chronic illness also would no longer be automatically eligible.
"We working on putting early childhood education back in track in this state," said sponsor Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly. "We need to focus on children who are most at risk."
To recap, $20,000 a year for a family of three is just too much income for pre-K education programs. You clearly middle-class takers and moochers need to pull your weight, right?
Besides, government shouldn't be involved in education. That's for churches and FOX News.