After 30 days in office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday evening called on Congress to ensure every U.S. child receives a "complete and competitive education" and asked high-school students to stay in school and complete at least a year of higher education. The country's high-school and college dropout rates are "a prescription for economic decline, because we know the countries that out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow," he said. "Dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It's not just quitting on yourself -- it's quitting on your country."

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