Obama presses Congress on education law

President Barack Obama gestures during his speech at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Va., Monday, March, 14, 2011. (AP Photo)

March 15, 2011 7:04:14 AM PDT
President Barack Obama is making fresh arguments for a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind law while paying tribute to student finalists in a special science competition.

A day after Obama gave a speech urging Congress to act on an overhaul of the leading federal law on educational standards, he's doing interviews from the White House with broadcast stations in Albuquerque, N.M., Pittsburgh and Hampton Roads, Va. The president on Monday told a middle-school audience in Virginia that he wants legislative action on the No Child Left Behind law before the start of another school year this fall.

Later Tuesday, he'll meet privately with Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Robert Gates and then host a dinner with first lady Michelle Obama for U.S. military commanders.