Heartland Institute Reacts to Head Start Executive Order

Published November 9, 2011

President Barack Obama Tuesday directed the Department of Health and Human Services to implement changes to the Head Start program – changes that have not been approved by Congress. The administration said the changes will “ensure Head Start programs provide the best available early education services to children in every community.”

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“Head Start should be dismantled, not merely rearranged. Every study of it, including the federal government’s own reviews, has concluded the $7 billion-a-year program contributes nothing to children’s academics or well-being.

“President Obama’s penchant, and now campaign, to govern by waiver and executive order rather than work with Congress indicates his disregard for bipartisanship and dangerous interest in amassing power.”

Joy Pullmann
Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute
Managing Editor, School Reform News
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