March 19, 1998


In less than 650 days, we will enter a new century, on our way to a new millennium. At a time when we are doing everything we can to prepare our children for the opportunities of the new century, we cannot let guns, drugs, and violence stand between our children and the education they need to make the most of their lives.

- President Bill Clinton
March 19, 1998

Today, President Clinton announces the findings of the first-ever national survey of school violence and discipline in the U.S. He reviews the recommendations being made to increase school safety and announces the availability of $17.5 million in new funding for school safety efforts.

Keeping America's Schools Safe. America's public schools can be the best in the world, but they can only be good if they are safe. A nationwide report on school safety released today shows that the majority of American public schools are free of serious, violent crime. But many schools still face less serious crimes such as theft, vandalism and fights. To address this problem President Clinton is:

Making American Education The Best In The World. The President's balanced budget proposal includes historic investments in K-12 education that will upgrade the quality of education and the environment in which our children learn. His initiatives include:

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