Parents, Students and Workers Protest Head Start Cuts in Butler County

Poor choices by federal and local leaders will hurt Butler County working families.

HAMILTON, OHIO – Every child knows that you have to finish your work before you go to recess, but employees at Butler County Education Service Center Head Start are giving both management and Congress an unsatisfactory grade for incomplete work and not working well with others. That is why they have organized a rally with parents, students and employees of Head Start for Wednesday, August 14th beginning at 6:00pm at the Butler County Government Services Center located at 345 High Street in Hamilton, Ohio.

As members of Congress return home for their long summer recess, children and their parents are left wondering about the future of Head Start in Butler County after Speaker John Boehner lead the fight for the federal sequester that cut $400 million from the federal Head Start budget.

To make a bad situation even worse for local families, Butler County Education Service Center Superintendent Jon Graft is attempting to balance his budget on the backs of Family Service Workers employed by the Head Start program. Rather than reducing ESC steadily increasing administrative costs, which spiked by 22% from 2010 to 2011 and 17% from 2011 to 2012, Graft is cutting the pay of Family Service Workers who help Butler County’s working families emerge from poverty and support the early development of Head Start students.

“These cuts are both harmful and unnecessary,” said Josh Norris, Public Division Director with the Service Employees International Union District 1199. “Not only will cuts negatively impact the economy in Butler County, but they will devastate workers, families and the community. We can’t stand by and let Speaker Boehner or Superintendent Graft hurt working people and their families.”

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