Obama Prods Congress on Education Reform

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President Obama renewed his push Monday to overhaul the nation's main education law.

He asked Congress to rewrite America's No Child Left Behind legislation before September, the start of the new school year.

"Before next year's school year, I want every child in this country to head back to school knowing that their education is America's priority," Obama said at an Arlington, Va., middle school.  "Let's seize this education moment.  Let's fix No Child Left Behind."

Obama says American students needed the assurance that their education makes them competitive with China.

The president acknowledged he agreed with some aspects of the existing law, such as putting quality teachers in every classroom, putting in place higher standards for learning, and requiring accountability and highlighting achievement gaps between students.

"That's the right thing to do," he said. "But what hasn't worked is denying teachers, schools and states what they need to meet these goals. That's why we need to fix the law enacted under George W. Bush," he said.

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