COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is saving $54 Million with the cuts in the Pre-K program across the state. But, teachers here at Rigdon Road Elementary in Columbus say the kids will not know the difference. The 4-year-olds will go to school 9 months, instead of the normal ten.
When I asked parents if they were worried about the shorter school year, Monique Lowe said, "What she doesn't get at school she will get at home." Lowe's daughter started Pre-K today.
"I was more excited than she was," said Lowe.
Lowe does have expectations for her daughter to learn a few things by the end of the year. "Her ABC's, her numbers, her colors, and to move on to Kindergarten."
When school began Tuesday morning, Pre-K students began learning everything from listening skills, calendars, and colors.
Pre-K starts on August 30th for traditional school in Muscogee County. Verification day, when parents come to the school with all the correct paperwork, is August 26th.
You can find the entire Muscogee County school calendar here.
To read more about the cuts to the Pre-K program, click here.