Today, at the White House, President Clinton released a new report from the US. Department of Education highlighting the initial success of his initiative to reduce class size in the early grades. The report shows that more than 29,000 teachers have already been hired under the initiative, directly benefiting about 1.7 million schoolchildren. The President pointed out that Republican budget plans would undermine this progress, and urged Congress not to renege on its bipartisan commitment to hire 100,000 high-quality teachers to reduce class size.
Announcing a New Report on Class Size Reduction. Today's report by U.S. Department of Education, titled “Local Success Stories: Reducing Class Size”, shows the positive impact that the class-size reduction program is having nationwide. Under the program, 20 states are now undertaking efforts to reduce class sizes in the early grades. Among its key findings, the report shows that:
Investing in What Works for Our Schools. The class-size reduction initiative is part of the President's comprehensive approach to improving student achievement by investing in what works, raising standards, and increasing accountability. Research shows that lowering class size in the early grades produces significant and lasting benefits for both students and teachers, including:
Calling on Congress to Put America's Priorities above Partisanship. The Republicans' current spending bill reneges on their commitment to hire 100,000 teachers to reduce class size; provides no guarantee that the 29,000 teachers already hired can continue teaching; and provides no funding for the additional 8,000 teachers that the President's plan would support this year. The President called on Congress to finish the job of hiring high-quality teachers and giving our children smaller classes, and to work out a budget that reflects the values and priorities of the American people, including:
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