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Obama urges changes with the No Child Left Behind Act
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011 14:13 PM

While many people praised the action of former President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, which stipulates that all public school students must take standardized tests, there has also been a lot of backlash.

President Barack Obama recently called on Congress for an overhaul on American education, changing the act before the start of the next school year, according to The New York Times.

Obama has long talked about revamping the bill, and the news provider reports that he used statistics to show that under the act, four out of five schools across the country are considered failing, which the president says we know not to be true.

"That's an astonishing number," Obama said in his speech. "We know that four out of five schools in this country aren't failing. So what we're doing to measure success and failure is out of line."

The Washington Post reports that Obama did say that the law actually set the right goals, as it was intended to ensure that children received the highest quality of education possible.



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