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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 25, 1997 Volume 33--Number 34 Pages 1255-1265 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard--1257 Radio address--1255 Rhode Island Arrival in Block Island--1256 Departure for Block Island--1256 United Parcel Service strike--1256, 1257 Communications to Congress Defense exports monitoring program implementation, letter transmitting report--1257 Iran, letter reporting--1262 Communications to Federal Agencies Agency for International Development appropriations transfer authorization, memorandum--1263 Assistance to Colombia, memorandum--1256 Executive Orders Establishing an Emergency Board To Investigate Disputes Between Amtrak and Its Employees Represented by the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes--1264 Executive Orders--Continued Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Iran--1259 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in Martha's Vineyard, MA--1257 Proclamations Women's Equality Day--1258 Statements by the President United Parcel Service strike, tentative settlement--1258 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1265 Checklist of White House press releases--1265 Digest of other White House announcements--1264 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1264 Editor's Note: The President was in Martha's Vineyard, MA, on August 22, 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1255]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1255-1256] Monday, August 25, 1997 Volume 33--Number 34 Pages 1255-1265 Week Ending Friday, August 22, 1997 The President's Radio Address August 16, 1997 Good morning. As families across America start to prepare for the new school year, I'd like to talk about how students and parents can make the most of the historic higher education opportunities in our new balanced budget. The balanced budget I signed into law last week meets the Nation's obligation to offer opportunity to every American who's willing to work for it. It opens the doors to college to a new generation, with the largest investment in higher education since the GI bill 50 years ago. We have achieved a truly remarkable goal: For the first time ever, all children in America who study hard will have the opportunity to go on to college. Let me tell you just a few of the ways our budget will make that possible. First, the budget offers HOPE scholarships, a tax credit of up to $1,500, as much as the average community college tuition, that will help to make the first 2 years of college as universal as 4 years of high school are today. Second, the budget creates a new lifetime learning credit targeted at college juniors and seniors, graduate students, and adults who want to enhance their skills. Under this initiative, for example, a homemaker who wants to return to school full time to become a teacher can get a 20 percent tax credit on the first $5,000 of her tuition bill. By the year 2003, that credit will grow even larger, applying to up to $10,000 in tuition and fees. Third, beginning this January, parents and grandparents can withdraw money from their individual retirement accounts, without any penalty, to pay for higher education expenses. They can also open up brandnew education IRA's which will allow them to invest $500 per child every year to build up money, tax-free, for college. Fourth, our budget agreement provides the largest increase in Pell grants in two decades and gives about 350,000 more students the scholarships they deserve. These new initiatives will greatly expand educational opportunity for American families. But there is another crucial part of the college equation, and that is responsibility, the responsibility of every student and every parent to prepare for the future. As Hillary and I have learned, parents can't wait to plan for college until their children are in their junior or senior years of high school. In fact, education experts say it's essential that parents sit down with their kids as early as the sixth grade to start charting a course toward college. In the crucial middle school years, parents must encourage their children to take challenging classes. Research shows, for example, that students who take algebra and geometry by the end of the ninth grade are much more likely to go on to college than those who don't. In the new economy of the 21st century, what our children earn will depend more than ever on what they can learn. Almost 90 percent of the new jobs being created today require more than a high school level of literacy and math skills. Yet more than half of the people entering the work force are not prepared with these skills. So we still have a lot of work to do. Throughout the fall, my administration will work very hard to make sure that parents and students learn how to take advantage of the new higher education opportunities they now have. As a first step, Education Secretary Dick Riley and his staff have prepared an extremely useful guide for parents of children in middle school, junior high, and high school. It's called, ``Getting Ready for College Early.'' You can get a free copy by calling the Department of Education at 1-800-USA-LEARN, 1- 800-USA-LEARN. From the day I took office I have been working on a simple idea: When my child [[Page 1256]] is my age, I want our country to be a place where every person who works hard has a chance to live out his or her God-given abilities and dreams. With the education opportunities contained in our historic balanced budget, we have taken a large step toward that goal. Thanks for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 1:21 p.m. on August 15 in the Roosevelt Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 16. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1256] Monday, August 25, 1997 Volume 33--Number 34 Pages 1255-1265 Week Ending Friday, August 22, 1997 Remarks Prior to Departure for Block Island, Rhode Island August 17, 1997 United Parcel Service Strike I have just had a conversation with Secretary Herman and with Bruce Lindsey. It's clear that they're making progress in the talks between UPS and the Teamsters, and I just want to urge them to redouble their efforts. This strike is beginning to hurt not only the company but its employees and the people who depend on it. And I think they ought to redouble their efforts to settle this strike, and they ought to do it today. And that's my encouragement to them. I'm pleased by the progress that's been made, and I hope they'll just stay there and settle it today. Thank you. Note: The President spoke at approximately 1 p.m. on the South Lawn at the White House. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1256] Monday, August 25, 1997 Volume 33--Number 34 Pages 1255-1265 Week Ending Friday, August 22, 1997 Remarks Upon Arrival in Block Island August 17, 1997 Thank you. Well, first of all, let me say that Hillary and Chelsea and I are delighted to be here. We want to thank the Senator for coming over with us and thank the first warden for coming out to meet us. It took me a little--a moment to realize that the first warden was the highest elected official on the island. I thought maybe I was about to be arrested for something. [Laughter] And let me say I was stunned to see this crowd when we were coming down in the helicopter. But this is the first opportunity I have had to thank the people of Rhode Island for giving the Vice President and me the enormous vote of confidence we got here last November. And I'm very grateful to you. Thank you so much. Let me also say I'm just anxious to be here and have some fun. And I want to go through the crowd and shake hands; I want to have a picture taken with the students there from the Block Island School. And I hope that all of you will always be committed to preserving this beautiful island. I was so impressed when I came down and Senator Reed was telling me a little about the conservation efforts. We have, all of us, a great responsibility to future generations to figure out how to keep growing this economy. I'm very grateful for the economic success that our Nation has had, for the millions of new jobs we have, for the lowest unemployment and inflation rates in decades. But we have to do it in a way that preserves the natural heritage that God has given us. I can see you're committed to that here, and I hope you will help to spread that to people all across New England and, indeed, all across the United States. Again, thanks for having us here. We're delighted. And I want to get out and say hello to a few people. Thank you, and God bless you. Note: The President spoke at 3:32 p.m. at Block Island Airport. In his
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