ERIC Number: ED404744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb-4
State of the Union Address, 1997. Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address.
Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.
This document contains the text of President Clinton's State of the Union Address, delivered on February 4, 1997. The President issues a call to action to work together to prepare America for the twenty-first century. The United States must attend to the unfinished business of balancing the budget, enacting bipartisan campaign-finance reform, and moving 2 million people from welfare to work by the year 2000. Clinton's first priority is to ensure that all Americans have the best education in the world. Every 8-year-old must be able to read; every 12-year-old must be able to log onto the Internet; and every 18-year-old must be able to go to college; and every adult must be able to keep on learning for a lifetime. The Clinton Administration has a plan, A Call to Action for American Education, based on the following 10 principles: (1) national standards; (2) nationally accepted teaching credentials; (3) increased child literacy; (4) a commitment to early childhood learning; (5) charter-school development; (6) character education; (7) money for new school construction; (8) tax credits and deductions for 2 years of college education; (9) lifelong learning; and (10) educational technology. Other issues, not pertaining to education, include funding for AIDS research, health care, community policing, crime detention and prevention, drugs, empowerment zones, the environment, national citizen service, the promotion of democracy and a global economy, foreign policy, and cultural diversity. (LMI)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.
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