Statement by the President: Overcrowding In Schools (08/21/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Chappaqua, New York)

For Immediate Release                                         August 21,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     This year, a record 53 million children will enroll in American
schools, according to a new report released today by U.S. Secretary of
Education Richard W. Riley.  Over the last ten years, our public schools
have grown by 6.6 million students, resulting in overcrowded classrooms and
strained school facilities.  To meet the needs of America?s growing student
population, we need to build new schools and modernize existing ones.

     For too long, the Republican leadership in Congress has failed to act
on tax breaks proposed by my administration to build and modernize 6,000
schools.  They have also failed to pass my proposal to fund urgent repairs
such as leaky roofs, faulty fire alarms, and inadequate furnaces at 25,000
schools across the country.  I remain strongly committed to working with
members of both parties to help create safe and modern places for America?s
students to learn.  Our children deserve no less.


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