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Bush seeks Head Start overhaul


February 4, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Rafael Lorente

The Bush administration wants to shift the focus of Head Start, the four-decade-old preschool program for the poor, so that it pays more attention to literacy and is better coordinated with state education curriculums throughout the country. In the White House budget proposal unveiled Monday, the administration proposes giving states broad power to design Head…

Advocates Worry That Head Start’s Services Will Be Cut


February 3, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jacob Santini

The fears of “watering down” Head Start, stems from a proposal by the Bush Administration to move the program from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Education. A move to a literacy-only program has some wondering how well preschoolers would perform without the family-based Head Start social services.

Head Start Changeover Proposed


February 1, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss and Amy Goldstein

More State Control, Literacy Focus Cited

States May Get Bigger Role in Head Start


February 1, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Bush proposal would let governors align their preschool services with the federal program.

Head Start critics call for changes


January 27, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Laura Bruno

Founded in 1965, Head Start has enjoyed bipartisan support throughout the years and has seen its funding rise from $96 million to $6.5 billion today. Head Start has not been immune to criticism, however, and the Bush administration is responding by calling for an unprecedented change to the program.

Head Start enthusiasts target tests, spending


January 27, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Andrew Mollison

From coast to coast, many Head Start parents and teachers are speculating that the administration wants to transform their comprehensive program of educational, medical, dental, developmental and social services for some 900,000 low-income preschoolers into a cheaper reading-prep program in which teachers are judged by their children’s scores on a new national test.

U.S. to Review Head Start Program; Bush Plan to Assess 4-Year-Olds’ Progress


January 17, 2003 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post reports the Bush administration announced yesterday its plan to implement an annual assessment of the 908,000 4-year-olds in Head Start programs across the nation, an effort that will help determine how much the children are learning in the government-funded preschool program. Federal officials said the new reporting system would provide standardized data…

Column: It’s elementary: Accountability key for pre-K


December 15, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local
Myriam Marquez

There are established national benchmarks that put accountability into preschool learning. Those are the benchmarks that distinguish between real learning and passive caring.

Education Column: For Head Start Children, Their Turn at Testing


December 4, 2002 AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jacques Steinberg

The Bush administration intends to require each of the 500,000 4-year-olds in the federal Head Start program to sit for a standardized examination measuring such information as how many letters and numbers they can recognize, and whether they know how to hold a book right side up. They will then take the same exam the…

Fortune 500 firms lobby for childcare


November 19, 2002 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

A group of many of the most powerful corporations in the nation has announced a joint campaign to improve early learning and after-school care for children of families with both parents in the work force. Donna Klein, who heads the year-old Corporate Voices for Working Families, said progress will require collaboration between the private and…