Obama Visits Georgia to Promote Education

4798 President Obama is following up on his State of the Union with visits to North Carolina, Georgia, and Illinois.

President Obama in North Carolina on Wednesday (Photo: ERIN BRETHAUER, GANNETT)
President Obama plans to promote early childhood education during a visit Thursday to a suburb of Atlanta.

In a second day of follow-up to his State of the Union speech, Obama visits a pre-kindergarten class at an early childhood learning center in Decatur, Ga.; he will discuss proposals for universal preschool, expanded Head Start, and other education programs.

"In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children ... studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own," Obama said during his address Tuesday night.

The White House plan includes public preschool funding for any 4-year-old whose family income is 200% or less of the federal poverty level.

Obama is also proposing an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program, allowing states, communities, and child care providers to compete for grants to serve children 3 years old and younger.

Some Republicans called Obama's plans too expensive and ill-conceived in an era of high debt.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said Georgia is "home to an 8.6% unemployment rate. Because of President Obama's failed policies, hundreds of thousands of hard-working and enterprising Georgians can't find a job and countless more have stopped looking all-together."

Source: USA Today | David Jackson and Larry Copeland
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