Head Start to have fewer children
Automatic federal spending cuts will reduce the number of low-income children in Head Start's preschool programs by 57,265 during the next school year, the Office of Head Start said Monday. The reduction results from the automatic spending cuts that were put in place after Congress and the White House failed to reach agreement two years ago on a plan to cut the federal deficit. In addition, Head Start officials said 18,000 staff members will see their pay cut or will lose their jobs. Head Start centers also will be reducing their hours and the number of days they are open.
Christie rejects therapy for gays
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday outlawing therapy that aims to convert gay children to heterosexuality, joining California in banning the controversial practice. The therapy has lost significant support in recent years, as leading scientific and medical groups have disputed the idea that sexual orientation can be changed, and argued that the therapy can cause, in the words of the American Psychiatric Association, "depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior."
BY THE NUMBERS
Percent of American undergraduate college students received some type of financial aid in the 2011-12 school year, up from 66 percent four years earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Average amount of student grants, including in Pell Grants, in 2011-12, up from $4,900 four years earlier.