Congress has turned away efforts to remove civil rights protections from a bill reauthorizing Head Start, the popular preschool program that helps low-income families prepare their children for school.
In November, the U.S. Senate passed the Head Start reauthorization 95-0, following House passage earlier in the year. President George W. Bush signed the measure in December.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State helped lead a diverse coalition of public interest groups in supporting long-standing Head Start provisions that bar providers from discriminating in hiring and firing based on religion. Supporters of the Bush administration's "faith-based" initiative had worked to remove those civil rights protections.
Americans United's legislative department sent letters to lawmakers urging them to keep Head Start's...