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Changing Head Start

February 16, 2003
Jill S. Gross

Some say revamping preschool program could threaten mix of teaching, services

Editorial: Backsliding

February 16, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Head Start 'fix' would dilute program.

Head Start advocates wary of Bush proposal

February 16, 2003
Jeff Miller

Changes would reduce emphasis on poorest children, says director of local program.

Editorial: A Head Start on a wiser path

February 15, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

The Bush administration’s proposals to revamp the program reflect a needed focus on the academic elements of the initiative. The reforms are so massive and immediate, however, that Head Start could be crushed under their weight.

House Endorses Stricter Work Rules for Poor

February 14, 2003
Robert Pear

Under the bill, states would get a block grant of $16.5 billion a year, the same as under current law. But more welfare recipients in each state would have to engage in work activities for more hours each week.

Englewood hears where $7M to schools went

February 13, 2003
Christina Joseph

A disagreement over a contract to fund a pre-kindergarten program sparked a closed-door debate during a recent meeting between the City Council and Board of Education.

Head Start officials oppose Bush plan

February 13, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Rob Schneider

Those opposed to the change think the result will be elimination of many services Head Start now provides to poor kids. Head Start officials also worry that the Bush proposal would give states a wider say in pre-school program planning, resulting in an additional layer of bureaucracy.

State Child Care Cuts Could Mean ‘Dramatic’ Local Loss

February 13, 2003
Susan DeFord and Mary Otto

A carefully constructed child care support system that helps working families would be devastated by budget cuts being considered by state lawmakers, advocates say. Proposed cuts for the coming year would reduce child care subsidies, or vouchers, for poor families by $25 million, or nearly 20 percent statewide.

Head Start Plan Worries Supporters

February 12, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Diana Jean Schemo

Administration officials said the change would allow states to coordinate Head Start better with their own preschool programs, and would bolster its educational mission by moving its oversight to the federal Education Department from Health and Human Services. But critics point to studies showing that Head Start is already successful in giving poor children an…

Florida Struggles to Find a Way to Achieve Smaller Classes

February 11, 2003
Dana Canedy

Three months after Florida voters approved a measure to impose the most restrictive limits in the nation on class sizes, legislators, educators and Gov. Jeb Bush are grappling with just how to accomplish it. Governor Bush has called for spending $3 billion a year to meet the mandates, which require the state to cap class…