President Clinton And Vice President Gore: Modernizing America's Schools

President Clinton And Vice President Gore: Modernizing America's Schools

Today, President Clinton will call on Congress to pass legislation to provide communities new tools to modernize America's schools -- and to do it this year. President Clinton will be joined by Democratic leaders, parents, children, teachers and educators, labor representatives, and other members of a national grassroots coalition to build and repair our public schools. He will speak against the backdrop of a model schoolhouse that will be built today on the South Lawn of the White House, symbolizing our nation's commitment to quality education and the need for Congress to act on President Clinton's education initiatives.

THE CLINTON-GORE PLAN TO MODERNIZE AMERICA'S SCHOOLS: All students deserve a safe, healthy, and modern place to learn. President Clinton will urge the congressional leadership to pass school construction legislation this year. Specifically, he has proposed:

THERE IS AN 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. Costly improvements such as the removal of asbestos and lead paint are needed in many schools just to meet basic health and safety standards.

THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET IGNORES AMERICA'S EDUCATION PRIORITIES. In February, President Clinton and Vice President Gore sent Congress a balanced and fiscally responsible budget that makes investments in key education initiatives. Three weeks into the fiscal year, the President has signed four continuing resolutions to give Congress more time to finish its work. In particular, Congress still has not completed an education budget. The current Republican budget plan provides:

THE SCHOOLHOUSE WILL BE A SYMBOL OF THE NEED FOR MODERN SCHOOLS. Today, the Building and Construction Trades Unions, with members of the affiliated Washington, D.C., Regional Council of Carpenters, will build a model schoolhouse on the White House lawn. Designed to resemble the quintessential little red schoolhouse -- an age-old symbol of our nation's commitment to quality education -- the model school will call attention to the pressing national need to provide our children with safe, healthy, and modern places for our children to learn. It will also underscore the need for Congress to act on legislation to modernize our school facilities

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