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WTVM 4/1/13 Editorial: Pre-K registration

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Over the last few weeks, more than 150 parents and guardians went the extra mile to ensure their children could get a good, quality education…and it wasn't easy.

They all had to take an extra step by stepping…and waiting…in line for hours just to make sure their child was guaranteed a spot in pre-kindergarten.

This was the scene over the past few pre-k registrations in Harris County. Dozens camping out, fighting cold temperatures, sleeping in tents, sleeping bags and on air mattresses -- some for more than 18 hours – all to make sure their child is enrolled.

Some were still turned away, keeping their fingers crossed after being added to a waiting list.

But why is this an issue every year?

There are several reasons: Governor Deal's new 2014 budget is proposing to increase the school year back to 180 days and there are discussions of decreasing class sizes as well.

The state had to cut school days from the program.     

It's typically funded by the Georgia Lottery but that money isn't enough. Space in the program is limited and handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The school system's superintendent says they are doing everything they can to accommodate the high demand, including having the option to transfer if you're on a waiting list.

Even under these circumstances, many parents are still in high spirits because they've grown accustomed to doing this every year.

While some are frustrated, many others say it turns into a community event and it's just a small token of what parents can do to make sure their child is prepared.

General Manager Lee Brantley brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to WTVM Editorial Committee or write to:

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