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Bush Spells Out Head Start Changes

July 8, 2003
AssessmentGovernance and AccountabilityQuality and CurriculumState & Local
Amy Goldstein and Valerie Strauss
The Washington Post

President Aims to Counter Criticism Of State Control, Testing Proposals

President Bush yesterday stepped up his efforts to recast Head Start, seeking to deflect criticism from Democrats and some educators that changes proposed by the administration would weaken the nation’s main preschool program for poor youngsters and force young children to take standardized tests. Bush reiterated his assertion that President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society program would be more effective if it emphasized “the basics for reading and math,” gave states “management flexibility” over the curriculum and program rules and held Head Start centers accountable for how much their students learn.