The fear tactics of the left are alive and well. I just received this email from Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
Congressional Republicans have taken their partisan brinkmanship to an entirely new level.
Unless they act by March 1st, billions of dollars in automatic cuts — the so-called sequester — will start to take effect. If it does, more than 2 million jobs could be lost, 70,000 children would be kicked off of Head Start, and 10,000 teachers’ jobs would be put at risk.
With this fiscal crisis looming, what did John Boehner and Republican leadership do? They went on vacation, calling recess for the House this week even though Democrats voted to stay and work to avert this crisis.
This is no time for recess. It’s time for them to do their job.
Sure, let’s keep funding a program with questionable effectiveness. Make sure you throw in sentiment about children and teachers so people know Republicans are evil. We not only want dirty air and water, we want to kick children out of school and put teachers in the unemployment line.
Per the 2010 HHS study on Head Start’s effectiveness:
The study demonstrated that children’s attendance in Head Start has no demonstrable impact on their academic, socio-emotional, or health status at the end of first grade.
Is the fact that the study went ‘virtually unnoticed’ and the fact that the results of the study were ‘inexcusably delayed’ because those on the left weren’t pleased with the results? We are apparently still waiting on data.
(Heritage) HHS finished analyzing the Head Start data from the third-grade follow-up in 2010. It was set to release its report in September 2011, which then got pushed to September of this year. When it will actually appear is anybody’s guess.
On October 18, Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK) and Representative John Kline (R–MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting the report’s release along with an explanation for the delay.
Coburn pointed out that Head Start has cost taxpayers almost $8 billion this year alone, which translates to more than $14,000 per pupil over two years. Yet the program has failed to produce results.
Isn’t time to change your narrative Debbie? You wonder why you’re getting nothing accomplished? This is why.