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Gov. Deal to scale back pre-k cuts

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is revamping plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program back to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

Deal announced Monday that the program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days. He also will expand class sizes by two students each.

The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million while adding 2,000 slots to the pre-k program, which will put a dent in the 10,000 student waiting list.

The cuts are part of Deal's plan to keep lottery-funded programs - pre-k and the HOPE scholarship - from going broke.

Georgia was the first state to offer free full-day pre-k to any 4-year-old, but demand for the program has outgrown revenue from the lottery.

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