Thompson On Education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson says President Bush's signature education program isn't working.

Campaigning today in Jacksonville, Florida, he said he'd provide federal education money with fewer strings attached.

Thompson said there are problems with Bush's No Child Left Behind program, which requires annual testing and punishes schools that don't make progress.

He said it's a good concept, but some schools are overemphasizing the test.

Thompson said the federal government should be providing block grants as long as states set up objective testing programs.

He's an actor and former U.S. senator from Tennessee.

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