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Recurring Themes

President Clinton continued to emphasize issues and initiatives affecting students and children in recent public events.

The president and Vice President Al Gore met on Feb. 9 with a family in Alexandria, Va., to discuss "v-chip" technology, which will allow parents to prevent certain television shows from airing in their homes. The visit included a demonstration of the new technology, which Mr. Clinton said will give "more power to the parents to control what their young children see on television."

In his weekly radio address a day later, Mr. Clinton focused on personal responsibility, urging parents to take responsibility for their children's upbringing.

"Turn off the TV more. Get to know your child's teacher. Spend time together. Read and learn together. Above all, teach your child right from wrong," he said.

On Feb. 11, Mr. Clinton met on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with college students who have federally supported work-study jobs. Mr. Clinton urged in his State of the Union Address last month a major increase in the number of such jobs.

"The work-study program is of real interest to me because I worked myself through college, I worked myself through law school," he said. "I don't believe I would have made it if I hadn't had the jobs."

The president held another round table last week in the Oval Office, talking with teenagers and PTA members about his campaign to combat teen smoking. He said curbing cigarette marketing would "protect our children more and give more control of family life back to parents."

Backing Goals 2000

Fifty-four of 60 New Hampshire school district superintendents surveyed said they favor their state's participation in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, the federal program that provides school-reform grants to states and districts that agree to create challenging academic standards and accompanying assessments.

The Associated Press reported on the survey, which was done by the New Hampshire Joint Education Council, a coalition of education advocacy groups.

While Gov. Stephen Merrill has refused to accept Goals 2000 aid, a bill that would require the state to apply for the money passed the New Hampshire House last week by a 228-122 vote.

--Mark Pitsch

Vol. 15, Issue 22

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