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Controversy clouds future of Head Start


September 30, 2003
Economics and FinanceGovernance and AccountabilityState & LocalWorkforce
Bob Kemper
Detroit Free Press

Debate focuses on level of state control

In a fight that could affect nearly 1 million poor children, President George W. Bush and Democratic lawmakers are deadlocked over the future of the popular Head Start preschool program, and both sides concede they will not settle their dispute by today’s reauthorization deadline. Head Start advocates said they agree with many of Bush’s goals, including requiring Head Start teachers to get college degrees, but said such changes would require additional funding.