Originally posted on CBS Charlotte:
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill toughening income requirements for pre-K applicants heads to the North Carolina House after passing a committee.
The Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday approved a bill mandating that families earn less income than is currently required to enter North Carolina’s Pre-Kindergarten program.
Eligibility is now capped at incomes of 75 percent of the state median, which is about twice the federal poverty rate. The measure would reduce it to the poverty rate, which is about $19,500 for a family of three.