Riley's Pre-Kindergarten Plan Has Majority Support

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A majority of the Legislature supports the governor's plan to fund more pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds, but he's missing the support of some key adults.

The chairmen of the two education budget committees and the leader of the Alabama Education Association say it's unwise to spend money on new initiatives when the Legislature is going to have to cut existing programs.

Governor Riley is asking the Legislature to increase the allocation for Alabama's voluntary pre-K program from $10 million to $30 million and expand the number of students from 2,358 to 7,600.

An Associated Press survey of the Legislature found that in the House, 59 percent supported Riley's pre-k plan, 32 percent were undecided, and 9 percent were opposed.

The numbers in the Senate were similar, with 52 percent supporting it, 31 percent undecided, and 17 percent opposed.

The AP survey was answered by 72 percent of the House and 83 percent of the Senate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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