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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-iii]
Monday, May 8, 2000
Volume 36--Number 18
Pages 943-1020

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Council of the Americas 30th Washington Conference--970
    Employment report--1015
    Independent Insurance Agents of America's National Legislative 
    Iowa, Central High School in Davenport--988
    Kentucky, Audubon Elementary School in Owensboro--978
        Commencement address at Eastern Michigan University in 
        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 
    Pennsylvania, departure for Farmington--1015
    Radio address--945
    White House Conference on Raising Teenagers and Resourceful Youth--
    White House Correspondents' Association dinner--946

Bill Signings

    Federal reporting requirements, statement on legislation amending 

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, 

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.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Farmington, PA, on May 5, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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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


    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

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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.

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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.

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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-
                                            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 

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