October 20, 1998


There is nothing more important for America's future prosperity and strength than giving our children a world-class education. To meet this challenge, we must give our communities safer, smarter, cutting-edge classrooms and schools -- places where teachers can focus on teaching and students can concentrate on learning.

Vice President Al Gore
October 20, 1998

Today, Vice President Al Gore will be in Iowa where he will discuss the important education initiatives the Clinton Administration was able to secure in this year's budget bill and renew his call for tax credits to help states and localities build or modernize over 5,000 schools nationwide. Throughout the year, the Vice President has been traveling around the country talking to teachers, parents, students and education leaders about the need to rebuild and modernize crumbling schools.

Critical Investments In Education And Training. The Clinton-Gore Administration, against House Republican efforts to slash the education budget, was able to secure historic investments in one of our most critical resources -- our children. In the budget agreement made last week, the Administration delivered on key education initiatives:

Progress Has Been Made, But Work Remains. Although the President and Vice President were able to win victories on major educational initiatives, the Congress failed to support:

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