RALEIGH — Advocates for children and people with AIDS are worried how Gov. Bev Perdue's administration intends to pay for preschool for thousands more 4-year-olds this year.
State officials say $20 million to pay for pre-kindergarten will be spent from several pots of money they believe won't be fully spent by next summer. Those include accounts for foster care services and medicine for people with HIV/AIDS.
Rob Thompson with the Covenant with North Carolina's Children said it can't back the preschool expansion for now because moving funds may hurt other needy people. The North Carolina AIDS Action Network also is worried.
The Department of Health and Human Services said Friday moving the money won't damage other services but it could adjust funding plans later.
Court rulings have prompted Perdue to expand pre-K.