Irregularities Found in Head Start Records: Misuse of Funds May Total $300,000

Newspaper Article
Unknown (author)
Fri, 09/03/1965
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The author reports that a special investigation of Operation Head Start in Edwards, Mississippi, revealed records of mishandled federal funds potentially totaling more than $300,000. The author relied on unnamed sources, as the results of the investigation had not been released. The investigation resulted from accusations by Senator John Stennis that Head Start had misappropriated federal funds that were supposed to aid a kindergarten program. Stennis insinuated that money paid for rent to the Delta Ministry was meant to aid civil rights activism. He also accused Head Start of using its federal funds to pay fines and bail money for jailed civil rights activists. To examine the program's use of funds, Poverty Program director Sargent Shriver had a group of auditors travel to Mississippi and investigate. The Senate Appropriations Committee sent an auditor as well, and Senator Stennis planned to share the results of his own investigation, as well as question Shriver, before the Committee later in the month.

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Document Description: one-page photocopy of newspaper article; source determined based on hand-written notation "JD" at top of article; located in PLT Archive Folder "Delta Ministry (Div. of Nat'l Churches) pro, anti-literature"; part of "Exhibit C- Questionable morals at Southern Christian Institute near Edwards, Mississippi (Mt. Beulah)" (1C/S03.14).

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