Bush Prods Congress on Education Reform

From Times Wire Reports

President Bush urged Congress to build on the momentum of his tax cut package and move ahead with an overhaul of public school education.

"We are within reach of historic education reform; so far, the signs are very good," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "Both parties have been working together, and I hope both parties will vote together as well."

Passage of the $1.35-trillion tax cut bill was "an important bipartisan achievement," Bush said. He is expected to sign the bill this week.

The House has passed a $24-billion education package that requires schools to test the reading and math skills of students in grades three through eight.

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