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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, April 28, 1997 Volume 33--Number 17 Pages 551-585 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Chemical Weapons Convention--575, 578 Earth Day and community right-to-know law--566 NetDay, teleconference with students--553 North Dakota Departure--566 Grand Forks Community--572 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, memorandum--579 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 Risks--563 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 Proclamations 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 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. 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[[Page 551]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 551] 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. Sincerely, 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 551-552] 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 [[Page 552]] 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. Students 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]
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