Published Online: February 12, 1997

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Clinton's 'Call to Action'

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Following is the 10-point plan for education that President Clinton announced in his State of the Union Address last week:

  • Promote national standards reflecting what all students must know to succeed in the 21st century and create voluntary new national tests of student achievement in math and reading.
  • Provide funding to help the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards meet the goal of certifying 100,000 teachers as masters in their profession.
  • Help more children learn to read through the America Reads initiative, which calls for 1 million volunteer tutors to make sure every child can read by the end of 3rd grade.
  • Expand Head Start to 1 million children by 2002.
  • Create 3,000 charter schools by 2000.
  • Teach character education and support school uniforms, curfews, and zero tolerance for guns and drugs in schools.
  • Provide $5 billion to help communities pay for $20 billion in school construction over the next four years.
  • In an effort to make 14 years of education universal, give federal tax credits and deductions for post-high-school study, allow expanded IRAs that can be tapped tax-free for education, and increase Pell Grants for needy students.
  • Pass a "GI bill'' for American workers to promote skills training.
  • Connect every classroom and library in America to the Internet by 2000.

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