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Posted: Friday, January 10th, 2014 10:51 AM HST

State unveils schools for early education program

By 67AM KPUA News

About 640 children from low-income families across the state will be eligible to enroll in pre-kindergarten classes next year at 30 public school campuses, including 10 on Hawai`i Island. The plan, announced on Thursday by the states Executive Office on Early Learning and the Department of Education is part of Governor Neil Abercrombies push for universal state-funded pre-school.

Hawai`i is one of 11 states without public pre-school. Lawmakers must still approve $4.5 million in state funding to make the plan a reality, but Abercrombie says hes confident the Legislature will make the investment.

The money would establish 32 classrooms offering pre-kindergarten classes free of charge(public schools cannot charge tuition) for children who qualify geographically and financially.



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