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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 5, 1999

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

I strongly support the efforts of Senators Murray and Kennedy to offer a class size amendment to the Ed-Flex bill. We must make a long-term commitment now to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers to reduce class size in the early grades. The Republican Leadership is wrong to try to shut down debate on this bill before a class size amendment can be voted on. I urge them to allow an up-or-down vote on this amendment, and I urge every Senator to vote for it.

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