New York, NY –
President Bush was in Harlem this afternoon to urge Congress to renew his No Child Left Behind legislation.
REPORTER: He says he chose the Harlem Village Academy Charter School because 88% of its students live at or below the poverty line, and 90% passed their tests. He says parents told him their children started doing better when they enrolled in the Harlem school.
BUSH: "One of the great assets of the US is a public school that works. Parental involvement...like the fact that charter schools encourage parental involvement."
REPORTER: Opponents say the No Child Left Behind Act forces schools to put too much emphasis on tests. The president will attend a Park Avenue fund raiser later for the Republican National Committee before returning to Washington. Expect traffic tie-ups and frozen zones as the President's motorcade moves around town.