“Mayor Emanuel believes that early childhood education plays a vital role in the lives of some of our youngest and most vulnerable residents, and he refused to cut Head Start openings due to sequestration,” city spokesman Matt Smith said in an email.
“As such, he ordered the Department of Family and Support Services to absorb these cuts by reducing administrative overhead.”
I think the Emanuel administration is making a huge mistake by taking such a combative and accusatory tone against DFSS. It suggests that the mayor is the only one who cares about the kids, and he’s disciplining the self-serving bureaucrats for the sake of the children. Meanwhile, many of the people who are going to lose jobs from this are professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping the children and families most in need.
Same tone he took with the city’s teachers and school administration. And that went well.