Wednesday, May 09, 2007

John Kline Votes Against Head Start

Love children? Want the best for them? Of course you do, who wouldn't? So now ask yourself why Congressman John Kline would vote against Improving Head Start Act when the program has been so successful?

Head Start has been the source of more than 30 years of research. Two of the best known studies are the Perry Preschool Study (Barnett, 1995) and the Consortium of Longitudinal Studies (Lazar, Darlington, Murray, Royce & Snipper, 1982). The Perry study found that “. . . one dollar invested in high-quality early childhood education programs by policymakers results in a return of seven dollars in preventative costs associated with incarceration, truancy, school dropout, and teen pregnancy (Stegelin, 2004).

John Kline boost that he's for 'increase federal funding for special needs and low income students', but votes against a program that ensure our children's well being with a financial payback of more than triple it's initial cost in later years. As a member of the Education and Labor Committee Kline's vote is particularly disgraceful. Fortunately the Act passed by a wide margin of 365 to 48 vote.

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