October 1, 1998


There is no excuse for inaction. The leadership in Congress has an obligation to devote at least one day to the future of public education in America. One day to affirm the bedrock American value that every child, regardless of race, ethnicity, or income, deserves the chance to share the bounty of this country's prosperity by gaining a first-class education. One day to put aside partisan games and do the work that the American people elected them to do.

President Bill Clinton
October 1, 1998

Today at the White House, President Clinton is joined by Vice President Al Gore and over 60 Congressional members to urge Congress to set aside one of the few remaining days in this year's Congressional session to vote on and pass the President's education agenda.

One Day For America's Schools. As we move into the 21st Century, nothing we do will more directly enhance our economic competitiveness than strengthening our public schools. Eight months ago, the President sent his education agenda to Congress, an agenda that demands accountability and responsibility from students, parents, teachers, and administrators -- yet Congress has not acted to pass this legislation. The President is calling for:

Challenging Congress To Put Politics Aside For The Future Of Our Children. Our country has the best higher education in the world, but our country also deserves the finest K-12 educational system in the world. The President's education agenda will help our children learn in a world-class environment, ensure that they have the tools to compete in the 21st Century, and learn in safe and drug-free schools. Congress should put aside politics and devote one day to strengthening America's public schools.

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