THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Tucson, Arizona) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release February 25, 1999
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN RADIO ACTUALITY
Tucson Convention Center Tucson, Arizona
THE PRESIDENT: This year, we have a remarkable opportunity to work together across party lines to bring true progress to America's public schools. I welcome the idea of greater flexibility for states and school districts, and I urge the Senate to pass the so-called Ed-flex legislation, because it provides for greater flexibility and greater accountability.
But we must do more to give our children a world-class education. That's why I also strongly support the amendment to the legislation proposed by Senators Kennedy and Murray to continue the national commitment we began last year: to hire 100,000 new teachers and to reduce class size all across America.
Studies confirm what every parent already knows -- smaller classes make a big difference, from improved test scores to improved discipline. The Senate should pass the Kennedy-Murray Amendment and give our nation's children the individual attention they deserve in the classroom and the better future only a good education can bring.