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                               FROM THEM
                            January 9, 2001

Today President Clinton will visit James Ward Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois to highlight that the Clinton-Gore commitment to invest more in our schools, while also demanding more from them, has led to remarkable progress in student academic achievement, closing the achievement gap, expanding access to technology, and making higher education more affordable. James Ward Elementary, with 88 percent of its students coming from low-income families, represents the many urban, high-poverty schools that have been transformed over the past decade into high-performing schools. With the assistance of both state and federal money, including Title I funds and a 21st Century Community Learning grant, Ward Elementary has launched a comprehensive school reform effort that is yielding impressive results in both reading and math test scores. Through their leadership, the President and Vice President have helped raise expectations for all students, supported states in developing and putting in place rigorous standards and systems of assessment and accountability, and invested in proven strategies to improve the educational performance of all students.

Raising Standards and Holding Schools Accountable for Results

THEN:     Falling test scores and low expectations.
          In 1992, test scores were falling and only 14 states had
     standards in core subjects.  In 1990, only 38 percent of graduating
     high schools seniors had taken a core curriculum of four years of
     English and three years each of Math, Science and Social Studies.
     Fewer than 80 percent of the nation's highest-poverty schools
     received Title I funds, which are intended to aid the most
     disadvantaged schools.  And students in many disadvantaged schools
     faced watered-down curricula and low expectations instead of high
     standards that challenged them to succeed.

NOW:      High standards, accountability and rising test scores.
          President Clinton and Vice President Gore launched an era of
     education reform based on setting high standards for all schools
     and students and providing the support to meet them. Higher
     standards have begun to pay off for America's students.  Since
     1992, reading and math scores on the National Assessment of
     Educational Progress have increased for 4th, 8th, and 12th graders,
     including those students in the highest poverty schools.  Math SAT
     scores are at a 30-year high.

     --   President Clinton and Vice President Gore enacted Goals 2000
          which has helped States establish standards of excellence for
          all children, and implement steps to meet those standards and
          to raise educational achievement.  Under the Clinton-Gore
          Administration, 49 states have implemented standards in core
          subjects and the proportion of graduating high schools seniors
          completing a core curriculum has risen to 55 percent.
     --   The President enacted legislation targeting Title I funds to
          high-poverty schools and requiring States and school districts
          to turn around low-performing schools.  Today, nearly all of
          the nation's highest-poverty schools receive Title I funds. In
          1999, the President enacted a new $134 million Accountability
          Fund, which is helping school districts improve low-performing
          schools by investing in proven reforms.  Next year's budget
          increases this fund to $225 million.
     --   The Clinton-Gore Administration has worked to expand public
          school choice and to support the growth of public charter
          schools.  In 1993, there was one charter school in the nation;
          today, there are more than 2,000.
     --   President Clinton fought for a won a new initiative to repair
          America's schools, providing $1.2 billion for urgent school
          renovation.  The 2001 budget also provides much-needed repair
          funds to Native American schools.

Improving the Quality of Education with High Quality Teachers

THEN:     High class size and low investment in teacher quality.
          Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the federal government
     cut and continuously underfunded assistance for teacher recruitment
     and training, setting the stage for anemic investments in this
     priority for years to come.  Large class sizes made it difficult
     for teachers to maintain order or give students the personal
     attention they need to ensure they learn the basics.  In 1992,
     fewer than 80 percent of English and Math teachers had a college
     major or minor in their teaching field, and only 282 teachers were
     certified as National Board Teachers as recently as 1995.

NOW:      Helping communities begin to hire 100,000 quality teachers to
     reduce class size.
          The Clinton-Gore Administration has made the recruitment,
     preparation, and training of high-quality teachers a priority, and
     investments in these programs have increased more than ten-fold
     since the 1980s.  President Clinton and Vice President Gore
     proposed and enacted the Class Size Reduction Initiative, which is
     helping communities begin to hire 100,000 qualified teachers to
     reduce class size in the early grades.  They created Troops to
     Teachers in 1994 to help improve public school education by
     introducing the skills and experience of military service members
     into high-poverty schools.  They won $567 million for teacher
     quality  initiatives in the FY 2001 budget, investing in
     teacher development, recruitment, and retention, expanding Troops
     to Teachers to other mid-career professionals; and training early
     childhood educators.  Thanks in part to the Clinton-Gore
     Administration's support of the National Board for Professional
     Teaching Standards, the number of National Board Teachers has
     climbed to 4,804 in 1999.  And in 1999, 86 percent of English
     teachers and 82 percent of Math teachers had a major or minor in
     their teaching field.

Expanding Access to Technology in Schools

THEN:     Educational technology a low priority.
          A decade ago, computers were largely luxuries found only in
     the most affluent school districts.  In 1993, only three percent of
     classrooms had computers that were connected to the Internet, and
     in 1994 only 35 percent of public schools had Internet access.
     Students had little opportunity to learn to use computers and to
     explore the Internet, and the government had not mobilized its
     resources to expand the use of technology in our schools.

NOW:      Historic investments in educational technology lead to 95
     percent of public schools connected to the Internet.
          Understanding the critical importance of incorporating
     technology into the classroom and ensuring equal opportunity for
     students to benefit from technology, the Clinton-Gore
     Administration made increasing access to technology in our schools
     a top priority.  President Clinton and Vice President Gore created
     the E-rate and the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund to help
     connect every school to the Internet, increase the number of
     multimedia computers in the classroom and provide technology
     training for teachers. In addition, with the Vice President's
     leadership the E-rate has secured low-cost connections to the
     Internet for libraries, rural health clinics and hospitals,
     providing discounts worth over $2 billion annually.  The number of
     classrooms connected to the Internet increased to 65 percent in
     1999, while the number of public schools connected rose to more
     than 95 percent.  President Clinton and Vice President Gore
     increased our investment in educational technology by over 3,600
     percent -- from $23 million in FY 1993 to $872 million in FY 2001.

Opening the Doors of Higher Education to All Americans

THEN:     Costs put college out of reach for too many students
          With tuition costs skyrocketing, middle class families were
     struggling to put their children through college.  In 1992, only 43
     percent of students benefited from federal student grants and
     loans, and more than 22 percent of student loan borrowers defaulted
     within two years of entering repayment.  The maximum Pell Grant
     award was $2,300, and its value  had not kept up with

NOW:      Largest expansion of college opportunity since the GI Bill
          To open the doors of college to all Americans, the
     Clinton-Gore Administration enacted the largest investment in
     higher education since the GI Bill.  President Clinton and Vice
     President Gore created HOPE Scholarships and Lifetime Learning tax
     credits, which were claimed in 1999 by an estimated 10 million
     American families struggling to pay for college.  Lower student
     loan interest rates and fees have saved students over $9 billion;
     the average $10,000 loan costs a student $1,300 less now than it
     did in 1993.  The student loan default rate has fallen for seven
     straight years and is now a record-low 6.9 percent.  President
     Clinton expanded the Work-Study program and increased the Pell
     Grant maximum award to $3,750 -- the highest amount ever.  In 1999,
     59 percent of students benefited from federal student grants and

Improving Education for All of America's Children