Fascinating timing of this announcement, just after a major government report revealed that the government has largely failed to keep track of Bush administration's unprecedented grant of Section 1115 waivers to myriad state Medicaid programs, and that this has often resulted in a reduction in the services and quality of care received by Medicaid beneficiaries.
|Supporting proposals that are drawing some controversy, Bush and House Republicans want to give a handful of states the option of taking over Head Start programs now directed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The idea would be for the states to blend such programs with existing state-financed preschool programs.
Critics fear a declining federal role will result in a lowering of standards and they say the program would lose its comprehensive mission of health, nutrition and parental involvement. Opponents also worry that states would use the federal dollars to cut state preschool funding.