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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 8, 2000 Volume 36--Number 18 Pages 943-1020 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Council of the Americas 30th Washington Conference--970 Employment report--1015 Independent Insurance Agents of America's National Legislative Conference--961 Iowa, Central High School in Davenport--988 Kentucky, Audubon Elementary School in Owensboro--978 Michigan Commencement address at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti--948 NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit--953 Minnesota, City Academy in St. Paul--990 Ohio, roundtable discussion on reforming America's schools in Columbus--1000 Pennsylvania, departure for Farmington--1015 Radio address--945 White House Conference on Raising Teenagers and Resourceful Youth-- 967 White House Correspondents' Association dinner--946 Bill Signings Federal reporting requirements, statement on legislation amending certain--975 Communications to Congress Colombia, message transmitting report on the national emergency with respect to significant narcotics traffickers--978 Crude oil, letter--945 Communications to Federal Agencies Additional Guidelines for Charter Schools, memorandum--1012 White House Program for the National Moment of Remembrance, memorandum--978 Executive Orders Actions To Improve Low-Performing Schools--985 Establishing the Kosovo Campaign Medal--987 Further Amendment to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in Federal Government--977 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Rose Garden--1014 South Grounds--1015 Webside Chat with Tracy Smith of Channel One in St. Paul, MN--994 Letters and Messages Cinco de Mayo, message--1011 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Japan, Prime Minister Mori--1014 Proclamations Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--958 Jewish Heritage Week--976 Law Day, U.S.A.--944 Loyalty Day--959 National Charter Schools Week--943 National Day of Prayer--1011 Older Americans Month--975 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, legal framework agreement--943 Caribbean Basin and Africa, legislation on trade--1011 Death of John Cardinal O'Connor--985 Employment report, Bureau of Labor Statistics--1017 Global Positioning System signals, decision to stop degrading--959 U.S. Treasury ``Debt Buybacks''--960 World Press Freedom Day--985 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1019 Checklist of White House press releases--1019 Digest of other White House announcements--1017 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1018 [[Page 943]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 943] Monday, May 8, 2000 Volume 36--Number 18 Pages 943-1020 Week Ending Friday, May 5, 2000 Statement on the Legal Framework Agreement for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline April 28, 2000 I am very pleased that today delegations from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey reached agreement on the legal framework for the Baku- Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. Last November in Istanbul, I witnessed the signing of initial documents for this framework. Today's achievement completes this work and brings the pipeline project a critical step closer to fruition. By this action, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey have shown once again their commitment to building regional cooperation, peaceful relations, and better lives for all their people. I congratulate Presidents Aliyev, Shevardnadze, and Demirel, along with all the negotiating teams, for their leadership in moving this project forward. I look forward to the next phase of this effort, when companies from the United States, Western Europe, and Russia will work with those of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey to transform legal frameworks into commercial reality. The United States is committed to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline as a key part of our overall approach to Caspian energy development. We want to ensure access to world markets for the countries of the region, while helping diversify sources of energy supply for consumers in the United States and around the globe. Note: In his statement, the President referred to President Heydar Aliyev of Azerbaijan; President Eduard Shevardnadze of Georgia; and President Suleyman Demirel of Turkey. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 943-944] Monday, May 8, 2000 Volume 36--Number 18 Pages 943-1020 Week Ending Friday, May 5, 2000 Proclamation 7297--National Charter Schools Week, 2000 April 28, 2000 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Providing our children the high-quality education they need to succeed is one of the greatest challenges we face as a Nation, and helping communities establish public charter schools is one of the best ways we can meet that challenge. Charter schools--public schools that are started by parents, educators, and communities working in partnership--are open to students of every background and ability. They also afford greater autonomy and flexibility in staffing decisions, curriculum design, and other areas than traditional public schools do. In return for this flexibility, charter schools must set and meet the highest standards, and they can remain open only as long as they do so. These schools are helping us to meet many of our Nation's most important education goals. They are driving change in public schools across America by showing the benefits of greater parent participation, longer school years, higher academic standards, and character education. Charter schools offer reform, innovation, and increased choice in public education, and, by doing so, they spur improvement throughout our public school system. I am proud that my Administration has taken a leadership role in promoting and funding public charter schools. When I took office almost 8 years ago, there was only one charter school in our Nation. By September of last year, that number had grown to more than 1,600 in 30 States and the District of Columbia, with more than 250,000 students enrolled and many more on waiting lists. [[Page 944]] Since 1994, the Federal Government has invested almost $400 million in public charter schools. Last August, I announced the release of almost $100 million in Department of Education grants to develop, open, or expand charter schools across the country. And my proposed budget for fiscal year 2001 includes $175 million for the Department of Education's Public Charter Schools Program. These grants and funds will help cover the costs of opening new schools and help existing charter schools hire more well-trained teachers, buy more books, computers, and educational software, and ensure that classrooms are safe and accessible for all students. Finally, these funds will aid charter schools as they develop accountability systems to measure whether they are meeting or exceeding State standards. During National Charter Schools Week, I commend the many dedicated parents, educators, students, and other concerned citizens who, working together, have started charter schools in their communities to meet the growing demand for excellence, creativity, and choice in education. Because of their vision and leadership, charter schools across our Nation are helping to raise standards, expectations, and accountability in all of America's public schools. By investing in charter schools, we are investing in our Nation's future. Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 1 through May 5, 2000, as National Charter Schools Week. I encourage the American people to mark this observance with appropriate programs and activities that raise awareness of the many contributions that public charter schools make to the education of our children and the success of our Nation. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- fourth. William J. Clinton [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., May 2, 2000] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on May 3. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.
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