STOP is the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project which closed 31 Head Start preschool centers throughout South Hampton Roads recently. STOP received $11.6 million in federal funds last year to operate Head Start through the end of March. According to the Virginian Pilot, STOP had revenue totaling $19.6 million, mainly from federal grants.
It is now under investigation for paying more than $100,000 in bonuses to key employees.
It has been said that General Motors was a retirement plan for auto workers that also made cars. It sounds as if STOP was a cash cow for its employees with a small subsidiary that taught 1600 young kids. And that the Wisconsin school system is a benefits program for its employees that also runs schools, poorly.