WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush pressed the case for his education plan Saturday, telling lawmakers that stalling on changes to the public school system in a bid to increase his proposed spending is "a tactic of the past" that ultimately fails America's students.
In keeping with a weeklong focus on reading, Bush used his weekly radio address to pitch the first National Book Festival being held at the Library of Congress. The festival highlights the importance of reading and libraries and is patterned after the Texas Book Festival that first lady Laura Bush championed when Bush was the state's governor.
"She and I and my entire administration believe that teaching every child to read is critical to making sure every child has the opportunity to realize the American Dream," the president said.
He bemoaned test results released earlier this year showing inadequate reading skills among black fourth-graders and "basically unimproved" reading performance among all students over the past decade.
"When this skill is not taught, a child has not failed the system, the system has failed the child," Bush said. "And that child is often put on a path to frustration and broken confidence."
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