This week, Senators Coburn, Enzi, McCain, Alexander, and Burr sent this letter to Health & Human Services Secretary Sebelius requesting HHS release the results of a study on the Head Start program. The results of the Head Start "Third Grade Follow-Up Study", scheduled to be completed in September 2011, has been delayed until September 2012 without explanation. Dr. Coburn and others request an explanation.
"Congress and the American people deserve the opportunity to review the evidence about whether the Head Start program is benefiting the children that it serves."
"Four years seems to be a sufficient period of time for the Department and the researchers that conducted the data collection to analyze the results."
"The American people-including the families of the estimated 904,000 children currently enrolled-deserve to understand how this program is affecting the children it serves."