On top of that, the program may be rife with fraud. A recent GAO report found numerous instances where children enrolled had higher than allowed household incomes. Further, in "undercover" tests, the GAO found that just over half the sampled Head Start programs (8 of 15) accepted over-income kids. GAO testimony before the House Education and Labor Committee added:
dramatic audio clips of fraud being taken by [undercover GAO] agents. In one clip, a New Jersey Head Start worker handed back a $23,000 pay stub to two agents who were pretending to enroll their children in the preschool program.ACORN-style ethics for an ineffective entitlement--costing $3.7 billion per year. As John Hawkins of Right Wing News says:
"Now you see it, now you don't," the Head Start worker said.
It's time to stop wasting our money. It's time for the Head Start program to die.