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Pre-K education on chopping block for Unified Schools

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Pre-k education could be on the chopping block for the Unified School System. The system is facing a deficit of at least $80-million before it even begins.

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Any budget gap that can't be closed by the Shelby County School Board means a tax hike for Shelby County tax payers.

Earlier this week, the administration proposed different ways to close the 80 to 90 million dollar budget gap. Many cuts came at the school level by way of art, music, foreign language teachers, and nurses. It was not well received by parents and school staff.

A new idea is gaining traction, cutting pre-k education.

While many promote the benefits of universal pre-k, it is not required by state law.

An early estimate is a 10 million dollar a year savings to the county.

While the school system writes the budget, the county will have to approve the funds.

Cutting pre-k is likely to be supported by the suburban county commissioners, who have repeatedly said they will not vote in favor of raising taxes for the unified schools.

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