Members of Congress on Tuesday demanded better oversight of Head Start amid widespread reports of financial mismanagement and a critical Government Accountability Office report.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
My mother taught Head Start for what seems like about a hundred years. She earned a pittance for some of the most challenging teaching imaginable. Kids in her class would have lice and filthy clothes and a single parent who cared more about the new 32-inch Sony than their child. I remember Mom coming home from school one day and reporting that she heard a swear word that she'd never heard before and it came from the mouth of a three-year-old. I suppose what kept Mom teaching was the hope or belief that she could really make a difference in an underprivileged child's life. Now, according to the Kansas City Star, Head Start administrators have jeopardized the entire program.