Obama Unveils $18 Billion Education Plan

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama says his education plan would fix mistakes made by some of his Democratic rivals when they approved the president's "No Child Left Behind" effort.

Obama's 18 billion-dollar plan would encourage universal pre-kindergarten programs, expand teacher mentoring programs and reward teachers with increased pay not tied to standardized test scores.

The Illinois senator, campaigning in New Hampshire today, said Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Senator John Edwards passed on a chance to fully fund No Child Left Behind.

Obama says the two rivals haven't done enough to protect students.

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