New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg greets President Bush.
NEW YORK, New York (CNN) - Democrat-turned-Republican -turned-Independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood alongside President Bush Wednesday, as the president touted one of his main domestic priorities.
As he wrapped up his trip to New York City, Bush made a case for Congress to renew the No Child Left Behind Act, saying, “Don't go backward when it comes to educational excellence."
The New York mayor joined forty fourth and fifth graders from P.S. 76 for the announcement, and First Lady Laura Bush.
President Bush cited new results from the National Report Card showing improvements among fourth and eighth grade students in math and reading test results. The president also noted that the New York City school system recently won the Broad Prize, an award given to the urban school district that shows the greatest improvement in poor and minority student achievement. Bush said No Child Left Behind Act was a factor in the city’s progress, but praised Bloomberg for his leadership.
The president said, “The mayor is a no-nonsense guy who understands that if you set a goal, you expect to see results in achieving that goal. He knows how to ask tough questions, and he's pretty good about moving aside bureaucracy that will inhibit the people he has selected to achieve the goal.”
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