What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Separation of Church & State : H.R. 2210. Head Start Reauthorization/Vote to Prevent Religious Groups That Participate in the Head Start Program from Using Religion as a Factor When Hiring New Teachers.
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H.R. 2210. Head Start Reauthorization/Vote to Prevent Religious Groups That Participate in the Head Start Program from Using Religion as a Factor When Hiring New Teachers.
house Roll Call 441     Jul 24, 2003
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The federally-funded Head Start program provides early childhood education for more than 900,000 low-income children. Like many other federal spending initiatives (such as elementary and secondary education), the Head Start program requires that Congress periodically reauthorize how Head Start money should be spent. During debate on a Head Start reauthorization bill, Congresswoman Woolsey (D-CA) introduced an amendment which would have deleted a provision contained in the Republican-drafted measure which allowed religious organizations that participate in the Head Start program to consider religion as a factor when hiring new teachers. The same provision was included in President Bush's "faith-based" initiative which, to date, has stalled in Congress. In the view of Progressives, judging applicants' qualifications based in part on their religion was discriminatory and they voted in favor of Woolsey's amendment to strike the faith-based provision from the reauthorization bill. Four Republicans voted with an overwhelming majority of Democrats in support of Woolsey's amendment but the measure was defeated 199-231 and the faith-based provision remained in the reauthorization bill.

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