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Head Start On The Move

House Votes to End Test Central to GOP's Shift on Head Start Wash Post
The House dealt a blow to President Bush's chief early-childhood initiative yesterday, voting to end the standardized testing of 4-year-olds, which was at the heart of his efforts to refocus Head Start.

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As early as today, the U.S. House is expected to approve legislation that would renew the program for another five years and require the 2,700-plus U.S. Head Start programs to open their doors to more children, extend the number of classroom hours and improve teacher quality.

Click below for a roundup of amendments by Fritz.

By a vote of 365-48, the House passed HR 1429 (Kildee, Michigan), the “Improving Head Start Act of 2007”, after approving several amendments which include:

* Amendment #1 (Johnson, Texas) to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create a partnership between Head Start and Historically Black Colleges and Universities;
* Amendment #6 (Kennedy, Rhode Island) which defines “inclusive classrooms” as Head Start classrooms that include both children with and without disabilities;
* Amendment #10 (Cuellar, Texas) to require States or agencies that administer Head Start programs to describe the type of assessment used to determine the rate of progress made by students with limited English proficiency; and
* Amendment #3 (Sestak, Pennsylvania) which authorizes the Secretary of Education to carry out a program to forgive student loans for Head Start and Early Start teachers who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field related to early childhood education and who commit to teach in the program for a minimum of 3 years.
* Other changes included the elimination of the 4 year old assessment and language on faith-based institutions.

[This has only taken 4 years to complete and now the Senate!]

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