House Education Panel OKs Reauthorization of Head Start
The House Education and Labor Committee last week approved a bipartisan Head Start reauthorization bill that aims to expand eligibility for the federal preschool program, bolster accountability for Head Start grantees, and boost teacher qualifications.
The measure garnered overwhelming support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, passing March 14 on a roll-call vote, 42-1, but not before Democrats and Republicans had an acrimonious debate over an amendment that would have allowed Head Start centers affiliated with religious organizations to take an applicant’s religion into account in hiring.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved its own Head Start reauthorization bill last month, with unanimous support. ( "Head Start Renewal Advances Amid Debate Over Testing," ...
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