April 24, 1998: Making the Information Age An Education Age


As the Information Age becomes more and more of an Education Age, now is no time to walk away from our commitment to public education, no time to reject our common obligation to preparing our children for the challenges of the future. I am determined to do my part -- to stand by our teachers and our students, to strengthen education in America.

- President Bill Clinton
April 24, 1998

Today, President Clinton hosts a Rose Garden event to honor the National Teacher of the Year, Philip Bigler from Virginia, and this year's state teachers of the year. At the event, the President underscores his commitment to education as a national priority, outlines his plans to improve public education, and renews his call to Congress to pass real legislation that strengthens and improves public education.

A Plan For Strengthening K-12 Education. President Clinton is working to make historic investments and improvements in K-12 education, including initiatives to:

Working To Pass "Real" Education Legislation. This week, Congress acted in a way that undercuts public education. The Senate voted against modernizing schools, against national standards, and against reducing class size in the first, second and third grades. And earlier this month, a House committee eliminated funding for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards -- a organization important to improving teaching and keeping our best teachers in the classroom. Now is no time to walk away from our commitment to public education and our obligation to prepare our children for the future. President Clinton is determined to do all he can to fight for the legislation needed to strengthen and improve America's schools.

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