July 29, 1998


A world-class education for all children is essential to combating the fear, the ignorance, the prejudice that undermine freedom all across the globe today in the form of ethnic, religious and racial hatreds. It is essential to creating a worldwide middle class. It is essential to global prosperity. It is essential to fulfilling the most basic needs of the human body and the human spirit. That is why the 21st century must be the century of education and the century of the teacher.

President Bill Clinton
July 29, 1998

Today, President Clinton addresses the 2nd World Congress on Education International to discuss his education agenda for the 21st Century.

A Record Of Achievement On Education Issues. During the past five years, President Clinton has worked to strengthen and improve the nation's educational system by:

The President's Agenda For Education. As we prepare for the challenges of the 21st Century, strengthening our educational system is one of the most important ways we can help our children compete and thrive in the future. President Clinton is committed to giving children the tools they need to succeed, and is working to make education more affordable and accessible for our children, including:

House Republicans Retreat From Support For Education. The House Republican Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, as currently drafted:

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