Head Start, a preschool program for low-income kids has been a spectacular success, not for kids, but for teachers and teachers' unions. For more than four decades, Miami-Dade County officials have managed Head Start, the storied preschool program for children from low-income families. But the county now wants out — and “generous” salaries are partly to blame. On average, Miami-Dade paid its Head Start teachers $76,860 in salary and fringe benefits in 2011, county records show. That’s about 90 percent higher than the second highest-paying Head Start provider in the county, Catholic Charities, which paid its teachers an average of $40,418 in salary and benefits. On the administrative side, 17 county Head Start staffers made more than $100,000 in salary and benefits.
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