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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, March 15, 1999 Volume 35--Number 10 Pages 377-418 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Airline passenger protection, radio remarks on proposed legislation--398 Arkansas Arrival in Hope--413 Clinton Birthplace, dedication ceremony in Hope--413 El Salvador, Legislative Assembly in San Salvador--391 Guatemala Arrival in Guatemala City--395 Central America Summit in Antigua--400, 401 Peace efforts, roundtable discussion in Guatemala City--395 Honduras Community at the Soto Cano Air Base--384 Hurricane Mitch reconstruction efforts, roundtable discussion in Tegucigalpa--385 Kosovo--401 Nicaragua Community in Posoltega--378 Las Casitas Volcano mudslide survivors, roundtable discussion in Posoltega--380 Radio address--377 Communications to Congress Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty, letter transmitting report on compliance--383 Communications to Congress--Continued Iran, national emergency, message transmitting notice on continuation--400 National Endowment for the Arts, message transmitting report--390 Trade policy agenda and trade agreements program report, message transmitting--390 Communications to Federal Agencies Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum--377 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in Antigua, Guatemala--401 Joint Statements Declaration of Antigua--406 Letters and Messages Saint Patrick's Day, message--416 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Belize, Prime Minister Musa--400, 401, 406 Costa Rica, President Rodriguez--400, 401, 406 Dominican Republic, President Fernandez--400, 401, 406 El Salvador, President Calderon Sol--391, 400, 401, 406 Guatemala, President Arzu--395, 400, 401, 406 Honduras, President Flores--384, 385, 400, 401, 406 Nicaragua, President Aleman--378, 380, 400, 401, 406 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Notices Continuation of Iran Emergency--399 Proclamations National Older Workers Employment Week--412 Statements by the President Deaths Amir Essa bin Salman Al-Khalifa of Bahrain--378 Joe DiMaggio--383 Kennedy-Murray amendment to proposed education flexibility partnership legislation--383, 390, 399, 412 Statements by the President--Continued Kosovo, House action to support use of U.S. Armed Forces--412 National Institutes of Health, selection of Vaccine Research Center Director--411 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--418 Checklist of White House press releases--417 Digest of other White House amendments--416 Nominations submitted to the Senate--417 [[Page 377]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 377] Monday, March 15, 1999 Volume 35--Number 10 Pages 377-418 Week Ending Friday, March 12, 1999 Memorandum on the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization March 4, 1999 Presidential Determination No. 99-16 Memorandum for the Secretary of State Subject: U.S. Contribution to KEDO: Certification Under Section 582(b) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1999, as contained in Public Law 105-277 Pursuant to section 582(b) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1999, as contained in Public Law 105-277, I hereby certify that: (1)(A) the parties to the Agreed Framework have taken and continue to take demonstrable steps to assure that progress is made on the implementation of the January 1, 1992, Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in which the Government of North Korea, has committed not to test, manufacture, produce, receive, possess, store, deploy, or use nuclear weapons; (B) the parties to the Agreed Framework have taken and continue to take demonstrable steps to assure that progress is made on the implementation of the North-South dialogue; and (C) North Korea is complying with all provisions of the Agreed Framework and with the Confidential Minute between North Korea and the United States. (2) North Korea is cooperating fully in the canning and safe storage of all spent fuel from its graphite-moderated nuclear reactors; (3) North Korea has not significantly diverted assistance provided by the United States for purposes for which it was not intended; and (4) the United States is fully engaged in efforts to impede North Korea's development and export of ballistic missiles. You are authorized and directed to report this certification to the Congress and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register. William J. Clinton Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on March 5. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 377-378] Monday, March 15, 1999 Volume 35--Number 10 Pages 377-418 Week Ending Friday, March 12, 1999 The President's Radio Address March 6, 1999 Good morning. This week we learned the good news that our efforts to raise academic standards for our children are beginning to pay off. The National Assessment of Education Progress, or NAEP, released State test scores on Thursday that show that our children's reading scores have risen, with some of the greatest gains in States that once scored below the national average. Today I want to talk to you about what I think we must do to build on our progress, by putting more teachers in the classroom and reducing class size in schools around our country. We all agree that to build a stronger nation we must build up our Nation's public schools. I have proposed a comprehensive education agenda to strengthen and improve our schools with more accountability, higher standards, more volunteer reading tutors for young children, and mentors for teenagers, with Internet connections in every classroom, and with more well-trained teachers in smaller classes. As any parent, teacher, or school principal can tell you, smaller classes make a huge difference in our children's lives. Studies show that teachers in smaller classes spend less time on discipline and more time teaching. [[Page 378]] Students spend less time competing for attention and more time learning. Students in smaller classes out-perform their peers. For children in struggling communities, from remote rural areas to inner-city neighborhoods, small class size is even more critical. And with school enrollments at record highs and expected to keep rising, we must act now to reduce class size in all our Nation's public schools. Across the country, more and more communities are recognizing the importance of smaller class size and trying to do something about it. To help them meet this challenge I called on Congress early last year to pass my initiative to reduce class size by helping school districts hire 100,000 highly trained teachers. I'm pleased that Republican Members of Congress joined with Democrats and did the right thing in making a big downpayment toward meeting our goal. Today the Department of Education is releasing guidelines that will let every school district in our Nation know how much money they will receive and how best to use the funds to reduce class size in time for school this fall. But communities deciding now whether to hire and train new teachers for next year need to know whether they can count on the commitment Congress made last year to help them reduce class size for years to come. It is time to finish the job. Now, this week the Senate and House will vote on a bill that gives States the flexibility they need to improve their public schools in spending Federal aid they receive. I support this bill. But I also strongly support efforts by Senators Murray and Kennedy, and Representatives Clay and Wu, to add an amendment to it that will fully fund 100,000 well-trained teachers over the next 6 years. Unfortunately, Republican leaders are trying to shut down debate on the ed-flex bill before this important amendment on more teachers and smaller classes can even be voted on. Now, last October, just before the election, Republicans joined us in promising the American people more teachers and smaller classes. Less than 5 months later, we now have the first big test of whether this Congress is really willing to work
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