President Obama outlines Head Start rules in Delaware County

President Barack Obama came to Delaware County today and promised to do an “end run” around congress if the Republicans won’t work with him.  

“If Congress continues to stand for disfunction and delay I am going to move ahead without them,” said Obama.

President Obama stood at a Yeadon Head Start Center and told about 200 invited guests that he is not going to have the country stagnate because there is a logjam in congress.  He introduced new rules for Head Start stressing accountability.

“If a program isn’t giving children the support they need to be ready for school, if classrooms are unsafe, if finances aren’t in order, if kids are learning what they need to learn then other organizations will be able to compete for that grant,” said Obama.

Education Activist Helen Gym says she’s glad the President is focusing on education.

“Really what we need to see are supports to make sure that programs are able to become good if they are struggling,” said Gym.

The President says another education priority, reforming the No Child Left Behind law, need action from Congress.

The visit was an official one, not part of his re-election campaign.

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