Bush to discuss education law in Philadelphia

January 5, 2009 6:17:37 PM PST
George W. Bush is visiting Philadelphia one last time as president.

Bush will be in the city on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the day he signed the No Child Left Behind law.

Bush plans to offer up a final defense of the law, which tries to force schools to improve test scores each year.

The law has grown more unpopular since it was enacted. That's partly over funding issues and partly because some parents think schools spend too much time on test preparation.

President-elect Barack Obama pledged during the campaign to overhaul the law, but his campaign also said he would not stop the annual tests.

Bush's event will be held Thursday morning at General Philip Kearny School in the Northern Liberties neighborhood.