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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
         America II Electronics employees in St. Petersburg--378
         Republican Party of Florida, reception in St. Petersburg--382
         Roundtable discussion on corporate management reform in St. 
            Petersburg, remarks following--376
    Judge Charles W. Pickering, Sr., meeting--363
    Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, presentation--370
    Middle East situation--373
         Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie--339
         Educators, meeting in Eden Prairie--337
         Senatorial candidate Norm Coleman, fundraiser in Minneapolis--
    New York, meeting with the Governor, the mayor, and the 
        congressional delegation --372
    Radio address--333
     U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce--364

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    White House Conference on Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers--348

Communications to Congress

    Steel products, message transmitting documents describing the 
        safeguard action on imports of certain--363

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Action Under Section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974 Concerning Certain 
        Steel Products, memorandum--359
    Funding for international organizations, memorandum--348

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
         Eden Prairie, MN--337
         Oval Office--363
         Rose Garden--373
         St. Petersburg, FL--376
    News conference with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, March 5--351

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Egypt, President Mubarak--351
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

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    American Red Cross Month--334
    Irish-American Heritage Month--335
    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month--335
    Save Your Vision Week--336
    To Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition From Imports of 
        Certain Steel Products--355
    Women's History Month--369

Statements by the President

    Genetic discrimination, proposed legislation to provide protections 

Statements by the President--Continued

    Senator Fred Thompson's decision not to seek reelection--385
    Steel industry, decision to impose temporary safeguards to help the 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--387
    Checklist of White House press releases--387
    Digest of other White House announcements--385
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--386

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Week Ending Friday, March 8, 2002
The President's Radio Address

March 2, 2002

    Good morning. This coming week I will be highlighting measures to 
help America's public schools carry out the education reforms we enacted 
in Washington earlier this year. Our education reforms require 
accountability and results and give schools greater resources to achieve 
    Parents will have more information about the performance of their 
local schools and more say in how their children are educated. The No 
Child Left Behind Act is historic, ushering in a new era of 
accountability and education, but a lot of hard work is still ahead.
    The effectiveness of all education reform eventually comes down to a 
good teacher in a classroom. And America's teachers are eager to put 
higher standards into action, and we must give them the tools to 
succeed. My administration has set a great goal for our public schools, 
a quality teacher in every classroom.
    We can achieve this in two ways, by attracting capable men and women 
into the teaching profession, and providing teachers the training and 
support they deserve. Over the next decade, America will need more than 
2 million new teachers. The budget I have signed into law for 2002 
includes nearly $3 billion for teacher training, recruiting, and hiring, 
an increase of more than 35 percent over the last year's budget.
    We proposed to expand programs that recruit new math, science, and 
special education teachers by forgiving part of their college loans in 
exchange for a commitment to teach in poor neighborhoods for at least 5 
years. We should open up the teaching profession, allowing people who 
have achieved in other fields, including veterans and parents with grown 
children, to share their learning and experience. And we must upgrade 
the teaching colleges, where many teachers receive their training, the 
topic of a conference that will be hosted by our First Lady on Tuesday.
    Today, only 36 percent of teachers, themselves, say they feel very 
well prepared for their jobs, so we'll focus on teacher training efforts 
where the need is greatest, in early childhood education, special 
education, math, science, and reading instruction. Through my 
administration's Reading First program, we are placing a new emphasis on 
the most basic of skills, and many of our teachers will need training in 
the best and proven methods of reading instruction.
    Because learning only takes place in an atmosphere of order, we want 
our teachers to be in control of their classrooms. So we're protecting 
teachers from the threat of frivolous lawsuits that often result from 
enforcing reasonable discipline. Because committed teachers often buy 
school supplies for their students out of their own pockets, the budget 
I have proposed includes a tax deduction to cover some of those costs. 
And because I strongly believe in local control of education, I'll 
implement new flexibility for school districts. They'll be able to use 
Federal funds where the local need is greatest, to reduce class sizes or 
improve teacher training or to increase teacher pay.
    In our new era of education reform we're asking a lot of our 
teachers, and we owe them something in return. We must treat them as the 
professionals they are. We must give them our respect and support. 
Teachers are among the most important people in our children's lives, 
and a good teacher can literally make a lifelong difference. I have 
confidence in the education reforms we enacted because I have confidence 
in the teachers who will carry them out.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 10:00 a.m. on February 28 in the 
Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 2. 
The transcript was made available by the Office

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of the Press Secretary on March 1 but was embargoed for release until 
the broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish 
language transcript of this address.

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Week Ending Friday, March 8, 2002
Proclamation 7525--American Red Cross Month, 2002

 March 2, 2002

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    The American Red Cross is one of our Nation's oldest and most 
renowned charitable organizations. It provides help, hope, and healing 
when disasters or other crises strike countries, communities, or 
families around the world.
    Founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, the American Red Cross was 
chartered by the Congress in 1905 to provide aid in times of need. Each 
year, the Red Cross responds to more than 67,000 disasters nationwide. 
These include natural disasters, thousands of home fires, and 
catastrophic emergencies--such as the brutal terrorist attacks of 
September 11, 2001. The Red Cross was among the first to respond to this 
unprecedented national crisis, providing direct assistance to more than 
50,000 families, shelter for thousands of displaced persons, millions of 
meals for the hungry, and grief counseling for more than 200,000 
individuals affected by the trauma. The Red Cross also provides 
assistance during international emergencies. Responding to my request, 
it helped create and now administers America's Fund for Afghan Children. 
American children were asked to donate one dollar to aid Afghani 
children, and this effort has already provided $2.4 million in medicine 
and other supplies to Afghanistan. Last year, the Red Cross rushed 
immediate medical aid and other needed items to countries devastated by 
natural disasters, and it helped millions of people around the world to 
battle malnutrition and life-threatening diseases and gain access to 
safe drinking water.
    Other Red Cross services include recruiting millions of people 
annually to donate blood and thereby provide hospitals with half of the 
Nation's supply of blood and blood products. Red Cross personnel are now 
with our troops who are fighting terrorism in Afghanistan. They live 
alongside our soldiers in harsh conditions and work around the clock to 
fulfill an historic role. They help to keep service members and their 
families in touch with each other, and offer other small comforts to 
ease the strain of those who are serving the cause of freedom.
    At home, the Red Cross' courses in lifesaving skills, first aid, 
CPR, and water safety, provide Americans with information they need to 
help maintain safe and healthy lives. Our communities also benefit from 
Red Cross programs that provide hot meals and transportation for the 
homebound, as well as housing and job training for the homeless.

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