ERIC Number: ED397473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Remarks by the President at the National Governors Association Education Summit. White House Press Release.
Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.
In this speech, President Clinton asserts that educational enterprise is now more important than ever and that a candid assessment of it is needed. The American educational system faces unique challenges--a more diverse student population in terms of income, race, ethnicity, and background; fractured authority and financing; schools burdened by social problems; and a widespread attitude that the primary determinant of success and learning is either IQ or family circumstances instead of effort. Despite positive accomplishments in education, such as the governors' involvement and the Goals 2000 initiative, there are still significant barriers to meeting higher standards. The President made the following recommendations: (1) Standards should be accompanied by accountability--an assessment system with consequences; (2) the system should reward and demand higher standards of teachers; (3) schools should be held accountable for results; (4) the business community can help school districts reinvent their budgets; (5) the states should provide more options for parents, for example, more charter schools; (6) school safety must be a priority; (7) schools should be open longer; and (8) the business community can help make educational technology available to all classrooms. (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, School Business Relationship, School Choice
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the National Governors Association Education Summit (Palisades, New York, March 27, 1996).