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Urban League fights for Head Start leadership

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Updated: 7/02/2013 9:24 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Schearhonda Ferrell didn't think twice about putting her 4 year-old daughter Denise in Head Start. She's learned her age, how to count, and a number of other things to get her on the right academic track. Lately, though, the future of the program has been uncertain.

"It's a lot of mess. It's a lot of mess and I don't like it," she said.

For 17 years, Urban League has run the Head Start in Jacksonville, that is, until April. The group got the boot and Denver based company CDI was brought in.

"Came in overnight. Decided they were going to shut down the program. When they decided to re-open the program, re-hired some of the teachers we had terminated for misconduct and so it was a mess. Continues-- locally-- to be a mess," Earl Johnson said.

Johnson is representing Urban League in court. He says they're going through a federal administrative appeal process-- and taking things to the top in Washington D.C. He believes Urban League is most fit to run the program, and can relate to what's going on in the community.

"We're fighting for this program and fighting for the children of Jacksonville," he said.

Ferrell says that's music to her ears. Despite ups and downs, she's rooting for Urban League all the way.

"Please let them come back. Please," she pleaded.

The Urban League is expecting a hearing in the next few weeks.

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