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Monday, April 28, 1997
Volume 33--Number 17
Pages 551-585

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Addresses and Remarks

    Chemical Weapons Convention--575, 578
    Earth Day and community right-to-know law--566
    NetDay, teleconference with students--553
    North Dakota
        Grand Forks
            Flood damage, roundtable discussion--569
    Radio address--552
    United Auto Workers spring conference--558

Communications to Congress

    Chemical Weapons Convention, messages--582

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of responsibilities to the Secretary of State, 
    Expanding access to Internet-based educational resources for 
        children, teachers, and parents, memorandum--551

Executive Orders

    Amending Executive Order 12752, Implementation of the Agricultural 
        Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954, as Amended, and 
        the Food for Progress Act of 1985, as Amended--563
    Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--578

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Oval Office--580
        Roosevelt Room--575
        South Lawn--566

Letters and Messages

    Oklahoma City Memorial Foundation, letter--551
    Passover, message--566
    Take Our Daughters to Work Day, message--577

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Japan, Prime Minister Hashimoto--580


    Law Day, U.S.A.--574
    National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week--555
    National Park Week--557
    National Wildlife Week--556

Statements by the President

    Burma, investment sanctions--573
    ``Employment Non-Discrimination Act,'' proposed legislation--577
    Line item veto, decision to expedite review--577
    Tobacco regulations, appeal of the District Court decision--581

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--585
    Checklist of White House press releases--585
    Digest of other White House announcements--584
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--585


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Monday, April 28, 1997
Volume 33--Number 17
Pages 551-585
Week Ending Friday, April 25, 1997
Letter to the Oklahoma City Memorial Foundation

April 14, 1997

Dear Friends:

    Our nation will never forget that tragic day, almost two years ago, 
when we first learned of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal 
Building in Oklahoma City, and we will always remember the courage shown 
by the citizens of your strong and united city during that dark time. 
All Americans continue to support your recovery efforts, and our prayers 
are with you.
    With the destruction of the Murrah Federal Building, we learned once 
again that America is a family, and that such a brutal attack on any 
American is an attack on us all. In uniting around the citizens of 
Oklahoma City, our nation proved once again that no force of hatred or 
terrorism can ever defeat the American spirit.
    I want to express my support for your efforts to establish a 
memorial on the site of the bombing. This memorial will be a fitting 
tribute not only to those who died, but also to those whose lives were 
changed forever on April 19, 1995. I know that, by honoring our fellow 
Americans in this way, we can help to further the healing and restore 
hope for a brighter, more secure future.
    Hillary and I will always remember the time we spent with the 
families and survivors. Please know that we are keeping them, and all 
the people of Oklahoma City, in our thoughts and prayers.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: This letter was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
April 19. An original was not available for verification of the content 
of this letter.

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Monday, April 28, 1997
Volume 33--Number 17
Pages 551-585
Week Ending Friday, April 25, 1997
Memorandum on Expanding Access to Internet-based Educational Resources 
for Children, Teachers, and Parents

April 18, 1997

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: Expanding Access to Internet-based Educational Resources for 
Children, Teachers, and Parents

    My number one priority for the next 4 years is to make sure that all 
Americans have the best education in the world.
    One of the goals of my Call to Action for American Education is to 
bring the power of the Information Age into all of our schools. This 
will require connecting every classroom and library to the Internet by 
the year 2000; making sure that every child has access to modern, 
multimedia computers; giving teachers the training they need to be as 
comfortable with the computer as they are with the chalkboard; and 
increasing the availability of high-quality educational content. When 
America meets the challenge of making every child technologically 
literate, children in rural towns, the suburbs, and inner city schools 
will have the same access to the same universe of knowledge.
    I believe that Federal agencies can make a significant contribution 
to expanding this universe of knowledge. Some agencies have already 
launched a number of exciting projects in this area. The White House has 
a special ``White House for Kids'' home page with information on the 
history of the White House. NASA's K-12 initiative allows students to 
interact with astronauts and to share in the excitement of scientific 
pursuits such as the exploration of Mars and Jupiter and with 
experiments conducted on the Space Shuttle. The AskERIC service 
(Education Resources Information Center), supported by the Department of 
Education, has a vir

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tual library of more than 900 lesson plans for K-12 teachers, and 
provides answers to questions from educators within 48 hours--using a 
nationwide network of experts and databases of the latest research. 

participating in the Vice President's GLOBE project (Global Learning and 
Observation for a Better Environment) collect actual atmospheric, aquatic, 
and biological data and use the Internet to share, analyze, and discuss the 
data with scientists and students all over the world. With support from the 
National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department 
of Defense's CAETI program (Computer-Aided Education and Training 
Initiative), the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has developed a program that 
allows high school students to request and download their own observations 
of the universe from professional telescopes.

    We can and should do more, however. Over the next 3 months, you 
should determine what resources you can make available that would enrich 
the Internet as a tool for teaching and learning, and produce and make 
available a new or expanded version of your service within 6 months.
    You should use the following guidelines to support this initiative:
<bullet>    Consider a broad range of educational resources, including 
            multimedia publications, archives of primary documents, 
            networked scientific instruments such as telescopes and 
            supercomputers, and employees willing to serve as tele-
            mentors or answer student and teacher questions.
<bullet>    Expand access not only to the information and other 
            resources generated internally, but by the broader community 
            of people and institutions that your agency works with and 
            supports. For example, science agencies should pursue 
            partnerships with professional societies, universities, and 
            researchers to expand K-12 access to scientific resources.
<bullet>    Update and improve your services in response to comments 
            from teachers and students, and encourage educators to 
            submit curricula and lesson plans that they have developed 
            using agency material.
<bullet>    Focus on the identification and development of high-quality 
            educational resources that promote high standards of 
            teaching and learning in core subjects. Of particular 
            importance are resources that will help students read well 
            and independently by 4th grade, and master challenging 
            mathematics, including algebra and geometry, by 8th grade.
<bullet>    Make sure the material you develop is accessible to people 
            with disabilities. Earlier this month, I announced my 
            support for the Web Accessibility Initiative, a public-
            private partnership that will make it easier for people with 
            disabilities to use the World Wide Web.
    I am also directing the Department of Education to develop a 
``Parents Guide to the Internet,'' that will explain the educational 
benefits of this exciting resource, as well as steps that parents can 
take to minimize the risks associated with the Internet, such as access 
to material that is inappropriate for children.
    The Department of Education will also be responsible for chairing an 
interagency working group to coordinate this initiative to ensure that 
the agency-created material is of high quality, is easily accessible, 
and promotes awareness of Internet-based educational resources among 
teachers, parents, and students.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary 
on April 19.

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