McClatchy Ignores Head Start’s False Start
Reporting on President Barack Obama 2011 budget for McClatchy Newspapers, James Rosen writes on January 31st:
With women’s advocacy groups voicing growing unease with administration policy, President Barack Obama will propose a $3.8 trillion budget on Monday that would exempt programs for women and girls from spending restrictions he’s proposed for other programs.
The budget unveiled Monday would exempt those programs from the freeze.
Among the programs targeted at women are $8.1 billion in food aid for low-income pregnant women, infants and children up to 5 years old and $3.9 billion for child care and Head Start meals.
What Rosen fails to report in this story, and what McClatchy has failed to report entirely, as that a recent report from President Obama’s own Department of Health and Human Services found that the $150 billion that taxpayers have “invested” in Head Start since 1965 is yielding zero lasting benefits for participating children. Specifically the report found: “the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole.”