April 27, 1994

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Despite hopes of some sponsors that it would become a postsecondary version of A Nation at Risk, a 1993 report by the Wingspread Group on Higher Education has yet to produce a public outcry for radical change in the nation's colleges and universities.
I n March, front-page headlines again reported new violence from South Africa, this time in the independent homeland of Bophuthatswana. An armed caravan of thousands of white extremists had been routed by police and army troops as they rode through the town of Mmbatho. As I put down the paper, I remembered the main road into town, where several colleagues and I had gotten lost in a rental car from the airport, just a few short months before.
April 27 is national Secretaries' Day, so I know it's boorish of me to sound a discordant note when everyone else will be sending floral tributes to the clerical staff or buying them lunches at tony restaurants.
As Congress tries to complete new authorizing legislation in time for Head Start's 30th anniversary next year, the Clinton Administration is poised to get serious about improving and maintaining the quality of the nation's Head Start programs.
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