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Obama delivers 'We Can't Wait' stump on Head Start changes

Yeadon, PA -- President Obama traveled to the Philadelphia area on Tuesday to unveil reforms to Head Start, the latest step in the administration's "We Can't Wait" campaign.

Under new rules, Head Start programs throughout the country that aren’t performing at a designated level will have to compete for funding from the federal government.
 
“This is the first time in history that Head Start programs will be truly held accountable for performance in the classroom. And we know that raising the bar isn't always an easy thing to do, but it's the right thing to do,” the president said.
 
During his 12 minute speech in a school auditorium, the president reiterated that today’s announcement or recent changes to the federal student loan program were no substitute for congressional action.
 
“Congress still needs to fix No Child Left Behind. Congress still needs to put teachers back in the classroom where they belong.”  After applause the president continued, “So Congress still needs to act,”

Today’s speech continues the pattern of the White House recategorizing programs that had already been in motion under the “We Can’t Wait” banner. The Head Start reforms stem from legislation that was signed into in law in 2007 and rules that the Department of Health and Human Services posted for public comment last year. 
 
According to the White House, about a third of the Head Start grant recipients will have to compete for federal funds. The changes go into effect December 8th.