Obama to unveil homework for Head Start schools
November 8th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

Obama to unveil homework for Head Start schools

YEADON, PA (CNN) -President Obama is not easing up on taking executive actions to install new plans where he believes Congress won't act.

As he heads to a state-of-the-art preschool facility in Yeadon, PA to tour and visit a classroom of 3-5 year olds, a senior administration official confirmed he'll be announcing new steps to strengthen the nations education system.

Highlights of plan:

-Low-performing Head Start programs for preschool children will be required to compete for federal funds And HHS will review performance to determine eligibility.

-New rule is designed "to promote accountability and improve the quality of Head Start programs,"

-A third of Head Start grantees will be required to compete for funds.(Admin estimates)

President Obama has gone around Congress recently with highly touted executive actions to help underwater homeowners and college students drowning in debt.

Republicans who continue to criticize the presidents "we can't wait" campaign have repeatedly pointed to House bills stuck in the Senate that they believe if acted on will bolster the economy.

Topics: Education • jobs • President Obama • The News

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. king

    hey repugs tax cuts and deregulations wont work, because the big corporations are not paying any taxes as it is. a matter of fact they are getting money instead. deregulations are probably the lowest in recent years this wont work either. you remember when bush deregulated and cut taxes and claim this will create jobs, just like what you are claiming today will work. sorry to tell you guys this, but this was caused the worst exodus of factories and businesses in america's history. check your fact how many jobs jumped ship under bush with his tax cuts and deregulations policies. no more trickery repugs the american people have had enough.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • steveo


      NAFTA (Clinton/Bush 41) had a lot to do with the exodus as you call it. Why? Cheaper labor, less restricted environmental concerns, AND consumers! We like cheap goods! I have a question for you, you claim an exodus under Bush. My question: How many companies moved back under Obama? We are going to get companies back when the 35% corporate tax rate is reduced. All any president can do, with the help of te Congresss is create an environment for growth. If you were a CEO and had a choice between a 35% and 25% tax rate, which would you choose? I would also add GREED is a prime culprit as well!

      November 8, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • Beverly NC

        NO companies are going to move back to America regardless who is President. They run on total greed. In these foreign countries there are no laws to protect workers – so they can treat people like slaves, like animals. They pay them nothing, subject them to dangerous work conditions, use child labor, make them work 12 hr days 6 days a week. It is what America was like before unions stood up for workers and got us the minumum wage, a 40 hr work week, safe working conditions, no child labor, a paid vacation, paid sick days, workers comp for accidents at work, and other basic human dignity rights. Of course Republicans hate unions and tell you LIES about them – their corporate bosses don't like unions because greed is more important than PEOPLE. Corporations want silent slaves with NO rights. Why do you think all these Republican governors have tried to pass unon-killing laws in their states? Because corporations PAID and BRIBED them to do it.
        That is what this whole huge election is about in OHIO today. Republican Governor Kasich ( formerly of FOX) signed a law banning unions and their workplace rights. The PEOPLE of Ohio were SO ANGRY they forced this law to a PUBLIC VOTE in TODAY'S election in Ohio. Even Republicans in Ohio want this law repealed because it hurts teachers, police, firemen, and nurses.
        Every Republican Governor has already destroyed their education system in their state – defiunding schools and giving the money to CORPORATIONS. In my own state our Republican legislature tried to kill ALL our pre-K education for our children but we have a Democratic Governor who vetoed it and then also got a Judge to force the Republicans to refund our pre-K programs and education for our children.
        THANK YOU President Obama and our Democrats for yet again standing up for the PEOPLE, for what is right and fair and critical for the PEOPLE and our CHILDREN.
        No More Republicans in 2012. They have betrayed us, betrayed our children, and are destroying our lives and our country to make corporations richer and more powerful. We must end this corporate dictatorship Republicans are building and restore our rights and humanity as PEOPLE under what is supposed to be a nation FOR what is best for the PEOPLE. President Obama has tried so hard to restore what Bush destroyed and all Republicans have done is lie and obstruct every single piece of legislation for JOBS, for our ECONOMY, for HEALTHCARE. Republicans are not leaders – they are liars destroying our nation and they must be removed from office in 2012.

        November 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
      • obi wan kenobi

        Hey Bev then by your definition Obama is a Republican. YOu going to vote him out?

        November 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • steveo

        @BEV NC,

        I partially agree with you ! No company wil comem back under te status quo, Corp taxes are too high and we as consumers are partialy to blame as well, we continuallty buy these products. The small area in which I disagree with you is this, I don't believe one party is at fault! You do! We have had TWO Dem adminstrations since NAFTA was signed.

        November 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • FIELD1stSGT

      I beg your stupid pardon. They jumped ship during the previous Clinton Democrat tryanny. Also the borders were thrown wide open. You can not cover crap with more crap and brother obama and his administration are nothing but crap.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:40 am |
      • MsSmart

        I pardon your stupidity Filed1stSGT – So we agree Bush and Clinton were part of the problem. Tax cuts and deregulation are still not the answer to helping grow our economy.

        November 8, 2011 at 10:48 am |
      • manhandler

        Speaking of crap...."the borders were thrown wide open?......was there a ceremony? I missed it. Bush pushed amnesty ( which I agreed with), You're just looking for an excuse to attack Democrats....keep looking...that one doesn't

        November 8, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • case


        November 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  2. pravaa

    Wow. Maybe we should have a presidential election every year.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • quinLee


      November 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  3. Flatsguide

    This has the makings of another ACORN. Fool us once, shame on us. Won't get fooled again

    November 8, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • quinLee

      Just can't get past it can you. It's tearing you up inside, isn't it. LOL

      November 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  4. FIELD1stSGT

    Someone must take this dictator out of the oval Office. He can't get and has never got a bill through congress. But he does not hesitate in gramming programs down our throats. This is a dangerous precedent. He continues to destroy America as we know it.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Derrick

      You are dumber than a sack of bricks!!....your party was against unemployment extension and now head start for underpriveledged kids??....and you find fault in the pres for trying to help??....you are a moron who can't tell your *** from your head

      November 8, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Derrick

      The only thing tearing this country down is racist right wingers like you and the haters in the repulblican party who lie and obstruct to hurt this president

      November 8, 2011 at 11:03 am |
      • Keyon

        We diefintley need more smart people like you around.

        January 27, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • manhandler

      Saying something stupid, doesn't make it so.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • dwmanning

      I don't know what "gramming" something down peoples' throats is, but it sounds yucky.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Brian

      Pretty ignorant response from you. He's not the first POTUS to do this and he won't be the last. And in terms of the Head Start program, it's proven to work. Our society is only as good as the poorest of our citizens. If we continue to increase the size of our poor, it only continues the downward slide of our country. This country started the downward trend with the exansion of the military complex in the 1970's and 1980's. Instead of building upon an industry like auto and technology, commerce decided to build tanks and keep the poor down enough where it forced them to join the military. Look at your history books. Every great civilization who purposely expanded their military has fallen. And pride does come before the fall...

      November 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thank you....much appreciated.

        November 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  5. FLIndependent

    Sounds to me like this is a good policy and he's putting markers on qualifications for federal funds which will eliminate everyone trying to get a piece of the action. Isn't this what you Repubs/TeaPartiers want? This is one way to get rid of the "waste" in the system and I think President Obama is on the right track and he isn't going to wait for Congress because he has now realized that nothing will get done. You Repubs/Tea Partiers want to conveniently forget that the MAJORITY of Americans voted for President Obama and his vision for this country!!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  6. Chris

    When will you idiots realize its political parties that are the problem? Its time to get ride of them then maybe some things can get done in washington!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  7. Dee

    Is FIELD1stSGT an active duty service man or a Veteran? who is receiving government benefits speaking about the Commander- in- Chief this way. He has yet to answer this question spewing out such hatred comments.

    We are coming upon Veterans Day and this is not the type of person that I would want to honor for service to our Country.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • quinLee

      Neither. He admitted earlier that he has never served in our great Armed Services. He's a member of some type of militia group. Now doesn't that sum things up for you. He's a coward who has nothing to contribute to society.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    You go, Mr. President! ...I'M WITH THE 99%

    2012 - VOTE 99% YOU KNOW WHO'S NOT ! ! !

    November 8, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  9. Beverly NC

    I stand with President Obama and the Democrats – the ONLY ones working hard for the PEOPLE. Republicans are destroyers who are bought and paid for by corporations and corrupt rich men like the Koch brothers (who just got caught doing illegal secret business with Iran). Where is the media on that? The Koch brothers are buying Republicans with money made from our terrorist enemy of Iran. Ask your Republican how much terrorist bribe money their campaign has taken from the treasonous Koch brothers!
    Republicans care NOTHING about We the People. They will say anything to fool you to vote for them and go right back and destroy your life – no jobs, let your home foreclose, take away your healthcare, your Medicare, your SS, and even your right to vote. Did you know 16 states have laws to stop people from being able to vote? Can you still vote? Better find out.
    You want your country back and your life back and your rights back – clean out the Senate and the Congress on the state and national level of ALL Republicans. Watch America flourish once the obstructers are gone, the corporate-bought traitors are gone, and the real leaders take control again.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Brian

      Right on. I consider myself a Progressive, which doesn't that term needs to be mutually inclusive of all Democrats. The GOP can also be Progressive, yet they chose to use social wedge issues to divide our country and force people to take sides. Not only are they poo-poo'ing everything Obama tries to do for the economy (whether you agree on his policies or not), the only legislation they are passing these days involves these social wedge issues, on top of certain austerity measures. Namely, let's make is harder for folks to cast their vote, and of those who are able to do so, let's skew the conversation to include abortion, immigration, religion, which really have nothing at all to do with our current problems. GOP'ers can say all day long that Dems are Socialists without any way to prove it. But when it comes to GOP tactics, it's safe to say they are Fascists. "You need to be this. You need to think this. You need to do this, or you are Un-American." GOP, Mussolini called, he wants some credit for your current ideology.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  10. KT

    The republicans and the riches of the rich don't want an educated society. Education in America is behind every other developed country in the world. If America build an educated society, that would end the system as we know it. The greedy rich, corrupt corporations, thieving banks, secret societies among other organizations would go broke or would have to lower their standard of living. An educated society would make sound decisions, analize and calculate before making decisions. They would be involved and informed of issues that effect not only themselves and their communities but how they effect their fellow men/woman. A poor education system, produce poor people. All schools equally resourced to produced an educated society ends poverty and stops greed. Prejudice and racism created our education system to keep the haves with and the have nots, without. That's what's holding this country back from being the greatest start of the art and most advanced country in the world. The republicans are holding in the dark ages.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  11. jean2009

    Let us look at where NAFTA started under G. H. W. Bush in 1992 when he signed an agreement with Mexican President Salinas and Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney. The idea for a North American common market was campaigned on by Ronald Reagan in 1984, and the Canadian-U.S. Free-Trade Agreement was signed by Reagan and Mulroney in 1988.

    In the House and Senate the final NAFTA vote was overwhelmingly Republican in the house...including Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, Dick Armey, Ron Portman, in the Senate John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Bob Dole.

    For the most part NAFTA is not the problem. To say so is to disregard the 23.1 million jobs created during President Clinton's 8 years. The problem is cheap labor in China, India, and several other overseas countries that has came to dominate during the G.W.Bush years, and the economic disparity caused by non-existent sources of cheap oil.....imported oil increased 66.9% during that time.

    Basically NAFTA is getting a bum rap for our not abandoning costly crude and going green.

    Obama-Biden 2012

    November 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Howard


      barack ovomit, and his corrupt administration belong in prison. The only thing more nauseating than this phony opportunist, are the throngs of blindly devoted cult followers, like the ones posting here, who slobber all over themselves, with sickening saccharin praise for their dear leader. These are the same kind of poor misguided fools who marry inmates on death row. They are putty in the hands of propagandists, and charismatic leaders who hypnotize them into unconditional obedience.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Brian

      You hit the nail right on the head. NAFTA was essentially created to help US industry fill the needs of the workforce that the US couldn't do from an internal standpoint. You need workers to pick oranges, work in meat packing plants, to technology. There were shortfalls in the US workforce. The rise of nations like India and China, capable of offering cheaper labor within large call center and manufacturing environments in their host countries, played upon the corporate greediness to lower the COGS and raise profits and stock prices. Has nothing to do with politics at all and everything to do with stock price and cheaper commerce. With the further decline in US educational standards, the gap is only going to widen. There are tons of jobs out there right now, just very few Americans who have the proper education to fulfill the requirements. Folks like this Howard guy spew out what they hear and add a few little quips, when he's really nothing but an idiot.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        Brian, You are right.

        The key is education, not just any type of education but specific goals to fit the student. Not everyone will be a neurosurgeon. Part of the education could be facilitated if corporations would kick in and help train young people already here who will not achieve a college degree. Why import people from overseas why not train people here.

        The future is going to depend on this country going green, investing heavily in green technology, rebuilding our infrastructure, and building high speed train. If we don't catch up on these and push ahead, we will lose the 21st Century.

        November 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  12. KT

    I would make mandatory to pass a couple of financial literacy classes. Robert Kiyosaki states in his book , "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", that Intelligence sloves problems and produces money and that kids graduate from school with virtually no financial foundation. He states that a person can be highly educated, professionally successful and financially illiterate. These people often work harder then they need to because they learned how to work hard, but not how to have their money work for them. Right now, these are my word. The American school system which is built by the rich gets us ready to work in their corporations and teaches us how to follow orders instead of how to think. When you are trained that from day one, that's what you do for life unless someone comes along and teaches you different. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. That's not only for spiritual, but for the natural also.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  13. Emmy Skaddittle

    you would think that the republicans would love this survival of the fittest in the classroom, competing for federal funding.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  14. Dean

    a senior administration official confirmed he'll be announcing new steps to strengthen the nations education system.

    --------What's he going to do, get rid of the Dept of Education?
    All schools need is more standards that they have to teach towards instead of just teaching kids. Schools now spend too much time preping students to pass government tests instead of educating them.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  15. chill

    All those House-passed bills will do is increase the disparity of income between the 1% and the 99% regardless of how hard they work, and allow corporations to slowly poison us with mercury and other pollutants that have jacked up the instances of asthma and other COPDs, all in the name of higher executive salaries. We cut taxes and did not regulate anything under Bush and we ended up inthe Great Recession. Been there, done that, don't ever want to go back!

    November 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Nixonfan

    Hey Dan. Do you read the WH press office's handouts before you file them or after?

    November 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
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