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President Bush in Harlem to Promote "No Child Left Behind"

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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.

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