By Renny Mackay
Cheyenne, Wy – The head of the community college Commission is defending the Even Start education program. Even Start provides adult education as well as programs for children from birth to age eight. To qualify a family must meet low income guidelines and the parent has to be unemployed. The Governor recommended cutting funding for the program in part because he believes other programs provide the same services. But Jim Rose, the executive director of the community college commission says he disagrees saying that many families cannot be served in other programs.
When the governor recommended cutting the program he noted that the federal government was considering eliminating Even Start. Since then the President reauthorized the program. The legislature's appropriations committee will vote on funding for Even Start in two weeks.