Metro Nashville schools willing to expand pre-K as state remains undecided

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Calling it a “move toward universal pre-K,” Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register said he intends to finalize a proposal next month to expand prekindergarten slots in Nashville by 1,300. The plan, dependent on school board approval and landing a place in Metro’s 2014-15 operating budget, would require an additional $6 million in annual local funds.

It would extend access to preschoolers who have first priority to fill openings — children considered economically disadvantaged or at-risk — yet are turned away because of inadequate funding.

This year, 2,516 students are expected to attend pre-K across 59 Metro schools and five community locations, but the district wasn’t able to handle more than 1,000 others who applied.

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