August 23, 2000: President Clinton: Modernizing America's Schools for the 21st Century

August 23, 2000

"There is nothing more important for us to do if we want to use this moment to build a future of our dreams for our kids than to make sure all of our children get a 21st century education. And that requires both investment and standards in accountability."

Today, in South Brunswick, New Jersey, President Clinton emphasized the urgent national need to build new schools and modernize existing ones. Speaking at Crossroads Middle School, which is almost 20 percent above capacity and has eight temporary classrooms, the President released a new analysis on New Jersey school enrollment, which is now at its highest point in over 20 years. The President called on Congress to invest in education and modernize schools by passing his budget plan, which includes $25 billion in School Modernization Bonds and $6.5 billion in loans and grants for urgent school renovation.

RELEASING AN ANALYSIS OF RECORD-HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENTS IN NEW JERSEY. This year, 1.3 million students will attend New Jersey schools, a 20 percent increase over the last decade and the most since the 1970s, according to a Department of Education analysis released today. School enrollment in South Brunswick has increased by 90 percent in the past decade, fast enough to fill a new school every two to three years. Nationwide, 53 million students will begin school this fall, the highest ever.

A PLAN TO MODERNIZE AMERICA'S SCHOOLS. All students need a safe, healthy, and modern place to learn. To meet this national priority, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have proposed:

HIGHLIGHTING THE URGENT NATIONAL NEED FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. Communities across the country are struggling to address urgent safety and facility needs, rising student enrollments, and smaller class sizes:

CALLING ON CONGRESS TO INVEST IN AMERICA'S EDUCATION PRIORITIES. President Clinton urged Congress to pass a balanced and responsible budget that makes investments in key education initiatives to expand college opportunity, raise standards, and invest in what works. The current Republican budget:

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