Bronx parents protest the restructuring of pre-school program, 'Head Start'

Bronx parents are protesting the possible restructuring of the pre-school program, "Head Start." According to officials, Congress is considering a plan to move control of Head Start's funding from the federal level to the state level.

Sisily Mullala, director of the Richard Green Head Start program, says the parents would have no place for their kids to go and the staff would lose their jobs if the restructuring takes place.

Congress members who support the proposal say it will give New York State the flexibility to divert more money to the Bronx if needed. Parents feel many other city services claim to be desperately in need of money and the Head Start program would suffer.

Other supporters of the change argue that the restructuring would give the State the power to clean up what they consider to be underachieving programs. Councilman Joel Rivera (D-Bronx) feels that the Head Start program is already a success and does not need to be cleaned up.

Officials say a date has not been set for the Senate to vote on the measure or even take up the issue. Published reports suggest it may not happen until after the election.

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