Obama issues call for education reform

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is asking Congress to extend a $10,000 college tax credit and pay for thousands of new science and math teachers as part of a broad rewrite of the nation’s education system.
The tax break for students was originally included in the economic stimulus bill passed shortly after Obama took office. In his State of the Union address Tuesday Obama reiterated his call for Congress to make it permanent.
Obama also called for 100,000 more science and technology teachers by the end of the decade. And he wants Congress to replace the No Child Left Behind law with new measures giving more flexibility for schools. Such a top-to-bottom rewrite of education policy is a tough lift in a divided Congress focused on jobs and the economy.

…On the day of his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama strides from the Oval Office along the Colonnade at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.