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Head Start reauthorized, without the test



President Bush has given Head Start a five year renewal, but he didn't sound very happy with all the provisions within the  bill.

Education Week reports that the president criticized Congress for stripping out the test that allowed the government to "examine consistently how Head Start children are performing in programs across the nation."

"I am also disappointed that the bill fails to include my proposal to protect faith-based organizations' religious-hiring autonomy," Bush said.

Not everyone is upset with the law. AFT president Edward J. McElroy said, "This new Head Start law will help our youngest and most vulnerable children get the boost they need. This bill is an example of the smart legislation and forward-thinking investment in education that our country needs to support all of America's children."

For more, read the president's news release and see the bill and related information.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:30am]


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