But West Virginia just opened full-schooling to
children as young as 4, which means most Head Start students can be in an actual school. Surely there is no better head start to school than by attending school.
Officials need to sort out this apparent redundancy. The last thing taxpayers need is to have two publicly funded programs competing for people to help.
While facing federal budget cuts, perhaps officials could be working to eliminate the overlap.
The fight to maintain Head Start funding at a certain level in perpetuity is not the same as helping children.
But that sadly is not how the government often works. Many agencies fight to keep every penny of their budgets even if saving taxpayers money would better help the agency achieve its mission.
Here's hoping Head Start does not operate that way.