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Last minute rally saves Head Start

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Updated: 5/20/2013 9:10 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- It took a weekend of meetings and conference calls, but the goal was accomplished.

Head Start is back open.

"Failure was not an option. We were not going to put 1,500 kids on the street," Congresswoman Corrine Brown said.

"It's not about any of us, what we did or how we did it. It was about the kids," Pastor R.L. Gundy said.

CDI Incorporated closed all 24 centers Friday -- citing unqualified teachers and safety violations. Everyone, from Congresswoman Corrine Brown to Sen. Audrey Gibson, to DCF to Duval County Public Schools stepped up to the plate.

"In less than 24 hours, as of yesterday at 5, the matter was resolved," Jacksonville NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin said.

That's music to Ariane Welch's ears. She plans to enroll her daughter in Head Start next year.

"She needs it bad because I work at night and during the day that would help a lot," she said.

We're told the continuation of the program will be paid for by Head Start dollars. There's been question over who will run it in the future, but a fair bid will be made available to interested parties. Welch says she had no clue things had gotten so messy, but she's glad people are working for both her child and the thousands of others around town.

"It was a shock to me, but hopefully we get it together. She needs it. A lot of kids need it. Period," she explained.

"The investigation of how it happened and all that, we're going to do that. I'm going to find out and I'm going to make sure this never happens again in another community," Brown said.

The Head Start facilities will stay open until June 7, which is the original end date for the school year.
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TOMMY - 5/21/2013 5:50 AM
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By the looks, it something to benefit the blacks, another handout for the lazy and worthless!

TOMMY - 5/21/2013 5:47 AM
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Here we go again, Corrine(the thief)Brown at it again, there must be something in it for her (personal gain). She only wants to get involved if it gets her attention that she needs. Get this pos out of office, she is worthless!DO YOU NEED MORE SANDBAGS THIS HURRICANE SEASON, THIEF?
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