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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 22, 1999


I am delighted that the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, a group of leaders from industry and education, has developed a strong set of recommendations to ensure that teachers can effectively use technology in the classroom. If technology is to realize its potential as a powerful new tool to help students achieve high academic standards, teachers must be as comfortable with a computer as they are with a chalkboard.

That is why my $800 million budget for educational technology includes over $100 million to give both new and current teachers the training they need to integrate technology into the curriculum. I look forward to working with the CEO Forum and other leaders in industry and education to give every child and teacher in America access to these high-tech tools for learning.