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Media Continues to Ignore Head Start’s Failing Evaluation

Posted By Dan Lips On February 2, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In Education | Comments Disabled


Credit the Pittsburgh Tribune Review for being one of the nation’s first newspapers to editorialize about last month’s national Head Start evaluation [2], which found that the program provided children with zero lasting benefits.

They editors write [3]: “That it took the feds more than 40 years for a proper analysis suggests it’s the spending that matters, not results. And yet Congress is moving ahead to increase early childhood education programs with $8 billion in new spending. Mr. Obama has said, repeatedly, that federal programs without benefit should be dumped. Well, Mr. President, here’s one.”

Yet most national media outlets continue to ignore this story. The evaluation [4]—the most rigorous evaluation of one of the nation’s largest and long-standing “war on poverty” education programs which has received $167 billion since 1965—has still not been covered by the USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, or The Wall Street Journal.

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[1] Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/Child-Care100126.jpg

[2] last month’s national Head Start evaluation: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Education/bg2363.cfm

[3] write: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_664746.html#

[4] evaluation: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/impact_study/reports/impact_study/hs_impact_study_final.pdf

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