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Federal budget cuts, known as the sequester, are decreasing the already limited spaces in the national and state Head Start preschool programs.

In northwest Vermont, 71 slots for Head Start have been cut heading into this school year, said Paul Behrman, director of the Champlain Valley Head Start program which serves Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison counties. In Franklin County, 10 preschool slots have been eliminated between the start of the 2012-2013 and the upcoming school years, he said.
The eliminated preschool slots are a result of $800,000 in cuts for Vermont’s Head Start and Early Head Start — a similar program for pregnant mothers and infants and toddlers up to two years old — programs.

Behrman said children and their families weren’t the only ones affected by the cuts. The Champlain Valley Head Start had to lay off seven full-time employees, as well as reducing the hours for 10 other employees.
“Every job matters when providing direct service to young children,” said Behrman. “This is not the direction we should be going.”


Posted August 24, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Dozens of activists angry over austerity measures in Chicago used their Fourth of July holiday to demonstrate at the home of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

As of Thursday afternoon, over 400 people had indicated on a Facebook event page that they would be attending the “Block Party to Fight Austerity at Rahm’s House.”

“Let’s gather at Chase Park (Ashland and Leland) at noon, then march over to Rahm Emanuel’s house for a street dance party to celebrate citywide resistance to budget cuts and other austerity measures that hurt poor and working people in order to make the super-rich even richer,” the organizers wrote.

The group told WMAQ that the event would include music, dancing and speakers.

“At a time when working people are already struggling to make ends meet, Mayor Emanuel is eliminating thousands of jobs across the city every year,” organizer Greg Goodman explained to the station.