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President Barack Obama on Monday continued to advocate for education reform even as Republicans prepare to challenge the president’s agenda for increased spending to improve academic performances in the nation’s public schools.

Obama has drawn a line in the sand: He is committed to funding major education initiatives in an effort to train America’s students for work in a complex global marketplace. The president is charging uphill with no plans to retreat. But with Republicans now controlling the House, Obama’s education agenda could be threatened by GOP leaders who want the president to get serious about controlling spending in all areas of government, including education.

On Monday, however, Obama, who has characterized any reductions in funds for education as irresponsible, pressed ahead with his vision and urged Congress to support “No Child Left Behind” before classes start next fall.

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