April 8, 1998: Building Strong, Modern Schools for the 21st Century


Every child in America must have the opportunity to learn in facilities they can be proud of... modern, state of the art schools that can help keep class sizes down and restore discipline to the classroom, schools and teachers that can inspire young imaginations, spur ambitions and open doors to a future full of possibility.

- President Bill Clinton
April 8, 1998

Today, President Clinton travels to Chicago, Illinois to highlight his K-12 education agenda and to emphasize the importance of reducing class size and modernizing and building new schools. Also during the day, Chicago and 20 other communities hold forums on school construction and report their findings to the Vice President.

The Largest Commitment To K-12 Education In History. The Presidentís balanced budget proposal includes historic investments in K-12 education, including initiatives to:

Identifying How New And Modern Schools Can Best Meet Studentsí Needs. As part of an effort organized by Vice President Gore, officials and organizations across the Nation are holding community forums today and throughout the month to highlight the need for school construction and modernization, and to talk about how newly built or modernized schools can best meet children and community needs.

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