PROCLAMATION: America Goes Back to School, 2000
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                             August 31, 2000

                     AMERICA GOES BACK TO SCHOOL, 2000

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                              A PROCLAMATION

     For America's students, the new school year is a time for learning
lessons, making friends, and setting goals.  For America's parents, it is a
time to focus on the role education plays in their children's lives and
future.  And for our Nation, it is a time to strengthen our efforts to
improve the quality of education and to make America's schools safe,
nurturing places where children can reach their full potential.

     This year a record 53 million young people will fill our schools --
the highest enrollment in our Nation's history -- and communities across
the country are struggling to provide adequate classroom space and to hire
qualified teachers to meet students' needs.  To assist local school
districts in meeting these critical challenges, my Administration's
proposed education budget for fiscal 2001 includes tax credits and loans to
help communities build and modernize 6,000 schools and to make emergency
repairs to another 25,000.  We have also requested an additional $1.75
billion to meet our goal of hiring 100,000 qualified teachers to reduce
class size in the early grades and $1 billion in new funds to recruit and
train high-quality teachers for every grade level.  And we have proposed
dramatic increases in the Federal investment in after-school and summer
school programs, safe and drug-free schools, and support to help States and
districts to turn around failing schools.  These critical investments,
coupled with my Administration's ongoing commitment to high standards and
accountability, will help children across the country reach their full

     While the Federal Government has an important role to play in
improving the quality of American education, it is the efforts of local
school boards, families, and communities, working together, that make the
crucial difference in preparing
our children for the future.  Parents who read with their children, monitor
homework and out-of-school activities, demand high academic standards and
challenging coursework, and encourage greater community support and
investment in school activities have an enormous impact on their children's
academic success.  Similarly, businesses with family-friendly leave
policies, community organizations that offer after-school programs,
libraries that provide access to computers and educa-tional software,
volunteers who help children read or who serve as mentors -- all of these
people and programs help create sup-portive environments that enable
students to make the most of their education.

     America Goes Back to School is a nationwide initiative, in partnership
with the Department of Education, to encourage and support family and
community involvement in improving children's learning.  The initiative's
theme, "Challenge Our Students and They Will Soar," reflects the importance
of setting high expectations for America's young people and reminds us that
we each have a role to play in providing our Nation's students with the
schools, teachers, and standards they need to achieve their dreams and
succeed in this new century.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 4 through September
10, 2000, as a time when America Goes Back to School.  I encourage parents,
schools, community and State leaders, businesses, civic and religious
organizations, and the people of the United States to observe this period
with appropriate ceremonies and activities expressing support for high
academic standards and promoting family and community involvement in
providing a quality education for every child.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirty-first day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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