Alabama Governor Visits Pre-Kindergarten Classes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Bob Riley is visiting new pre-kindergarten classrooms in Birmingham.

Riley will on Tuesday be at the Harris Early Learning Center in downtown Birmingham to show off the state's expanded program for

The governor announced plans last year to expand the voluntary pre-K program. The Legislature doubled funding for the program to $20 million for the 2008-2009 fiscal year. The funding will allow an additional 1,800 children across the state to participate.

The governor will tour the pre-kindergarten classrooms at 2 p.m. with the director of the state Office of School Readiness, Marquita Davis.

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