Thursday, October 28, 1999


"We need more teachers, more accountability, and more investment in education. Not fewer teachers, no accountability, and across-the-board cuts in America's priorities."

President Bill Clinton
Thursday, October 28, 1999

Today, in Washington, DC., President Clinton honored the winners of this year's Blue Ribbon Schools Awards. The President praised the schools for the world-class education they provide, and highlighted the Administration's strategy for improving public education by reducing class size, turning around failing schools, and making other targeted investments in our children. Emphasizing that the budget debate is not just about how much we spend on education, but how we spend it, the President faulted the current Republican appropriations bill for undermining needed improvements for our nation's public schools.

Honoring Excellence in Education. The Blue Ribbon Schools Awards, established in 1982, were presented to 266 schools in 37 states that have demonstrated sustained success or have overcome obstacles to make significant advances in student achievement. Blue Ribbon Schools are tangible proof of the effectiveness of high standards, school accountability and targeted investment.

Investing Wisely in Proven Strategies. President Clinton's budget plan calls for targeting our education dollars wisely in proven strategies for reform, such as:

Republican Spending Bill Shortchanges Our Schools. The Republican education spending bill:

The White House Briefing Room
The White House at Work Archives