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Obama touts education plan at Colorado school

Judith Kohler
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado
Chris Carlson/APAnthony Ho, left, greets Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as Amber Disher, right, looks on as Obama visits with the eighth grade class at Mapleton Expeditionary School for the Arts in Thornton, Wednesday.

THORNTON, Colorado ” Democrat Barack Obama toured a suburban Denver high school on Wednesday and vowed to fix the “broken promises” of the No Child Left Behind law if elected president.

Campaigning in Colorado one day after Republican John McCain, Obama said he supports standards and testing but said U.S. schools haven’t been given the resources they need.

“I’ll start by fixing the broken promises of No Child Left Behind,” he said.

Obama said the U.S. education system is falling behind other nations’, especially in math and science.

Also Wednesday, Obama picked up the support of Colorado superdelegate Pat Waak, the state party chairwoman.

She noted he won the state’s Feb. 5 caucuses and more recently performed strongly at state, county and congressional district conventions. She says she believes he’ll defeat McCain in the general election.

Obama has 1,979 delegates ” 47 shy of the 2,026 necessary to clinch the nomination. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton has 1,779 delegates.

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