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Friday, February 25, 2011 - 9:51am

Proposed Pre-K Cuts Challenged

Parents and teachers assailed cuts being proposed cuts to the Georgia's pre-kindergarten program.

At a legislative hearing on Friday, some pre-k teachers said they would no longer be able to make ends meet if the program is cut from 6 1/12 hours a day to four. Others said cutting the instruction time would hurt the quality of the education being offered to 4-year-olds.

There were also concerns about the impact on working parents, who would have to scramble to find additional care.

Faced with increased transportation costs and scheduling challenges, some said districts would simply eliminate pre-K altogether.

Pre-K is facing about $54 million in cuts this year as part of an overhaul of the state's cash-strapped lottery programs.