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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, September 29, 1997
Volume 33--Number 39
Pages 1371-1429

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Arkansas, Little Rock
        Congressional Medal of Honor Society reception--1419
        40th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High School--
        San Carlos, roundtable discussion at the San Carlos Charter 
            Learning Center--1372
        San Francisco
            Democratic National Committee dinner--1382
            Democratic National Committee luncheon--1376
            Saxophone Club reception--1378
    New York City, United Nations
        52d Session of the General Assembly--1386
    Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
        AFL-CIO convention--1401
        Democratic National Committee luncheon--1408
    Radio address--1371

Communications to Congress

    Angola, message reporting--1414
    Canada-U.S. taxation convention protocol, message transmitting--1400
    Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and documentation, message 

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Future free trade area negotiations, letter transmitting report--
    India-U.S. extradition treaty and documentation, message 
    Iraq, letter reporting--1397
    Ireland-U.S. taxation convention and protocol, message 
    UNITA, message transmitting notice--1414

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Contributions to the International Fund for Ireland, memorandum--
    Funding for the African Crisis Response Initiative, memorandum--1397

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters at the United Nations in New York City--1395
    Interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show in Little Rock--1423

Letters and Messages

    50th anniversary of the National Security Council, message--1396

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Russia, Foreign Minister Primakov--1395


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to UNITA--1413
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Little Rock, AR, on September 26, 
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.


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    Austrian-American Day--1422
    Gold Star Mother's Day--1422
    Minority Enterprise Development Week--1383
    National Farm Safety and Health Week--1385
    National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week--1384

Statements by the President

    Campaign finance reform--1421

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1429
    Checklist of White House press releases--1428
    Digest of other White House announcements--1426
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1427

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Monday, September 29, 1997
Volume 33--Number 39
Pages 1371-1429
Week Ending Friday, September 26, 1997
The President's Radio Address

September 20, 1997

    Good morning. We're living in a time of great hope and optimism and 
prosperity in our Nation. Our economy is booming. We've cut the deficit 
80 percent and passed a plan to balance the budget. Crime and welfare 
rolls are dropping. But perhaps most important for the long-term future 
of America, this has been a banner year for education, too.
    Our historic balanced budget is truly an education budget, with the 
largest new investment in education since 1965; from more children in 
Head Start to our America Reads program that will mobilize a million 
volunteers to make sure all our children can read when they leave the 
third grade, to putting computers in all our classrooms and libraries by 
the year 2000.
    We've also had the largest increased investment in helping people to 
go on to college since the passage of the GI bill 50 years ago, the 
increased Pell grant scholarships and work study positions, the HOPE 
scholarship to help pay for the first 2 years of college and other tax 
credits and IRA's, all these things will truly open the doors of college 
to all who are willing to work for it for the first time in American 
    But we can't rest. We have more to do in education to fully prepare 
our children to seize the opportunities of the new century. And 
especially, we all know we have to do more to improve the quality of 
public education.
    I have called upon all Americans to leave politics at the 
schoolhouse door and to work together to provide our children with the 
best education in the world. And many have answered that call. Just last 
week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly, 87-12, for voluntary national 
tests in fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math, bringing us an 
important step closer to setting high national standards of academic 
excellence that will ensure that no child leaves our schools without 
mastering the basics.
    Unfortunately, two events in recent days have jeopardized this 
essential progress in education. First, the same forces that have 
resisted education reform and high standards and accountability for 
years in the House of Representatives have voted against developing the 
national standards we need to challenge students, improve teaching, 
empower parents, and increase accountability in our schools. In effect, 
they've cast their votes against better schools and for a status quo 
that is failing too many of our children.
    Second, the Senate narrowly passed an amendment that would undermine 
some of our most successful efforts in the last 5 years to strengthen 
our schools. National efforts to bring more charter schools to more 
communities, to bring computers to every classroom, to create safe and 
drug-free schools across our country, all these would virtually be 
abolished by an amendment which would throw all our education funds into 
a pot and distribute it in an arbitrary way to the States.
    Today, I'm going to see firsthand just how high these stakes are. 
I'm visiting the San Carlos Charter Learning Center in California, one 
of many charter schools across our country and in the State of 
California that are bringing new life, new energy, and new creativity 
into public education. Charter schools are established by educators with 
less redtape, but higher expectations. Students must choose to attend 
them, and they exist only as long as they're doing a good job.
    Our administration has been helping charter schools to get started 
all across our country, and our balanced budget contains funds to 
establish hundreds more of them all around America. This is an 
innovation we cannot afford to lose. Making sure every 8-year-old can 
read, every 12-year-old can log onto the Internet, every 18-year-old can 
go on to college, these are national goals, and

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we must support national efforts to meet them.
    In the 21st century, our children must have a world-class education. 
We must strengthen our schools, raise our standards, insist that our 
students master the basics, and demand excellence at every level. So if 
Congress sends me partisan legislation that denies our children high 
national standards or weakens our national commitment to stronger 
schools, I'll have to give it the failing grade it deserves, and I'll 
veto it.
    Bringing vital change and progress to our schools will take courage 
and the steadfast commitment of all. But throughout our history, we have 
always risen to the challenge of building better futures for our 
children. If we all work together, we are up to the task today as well.
    Thank you.

Note: The address was recorded at 3:16 p.m. on September 18 in the Oval 
Office at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on September 20.

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Monday, September 29, 1997
Volume 33--Number 39
Pages 1371-1429
Week Ending Friday, September 26, 1997
Remarks in a Roundtable Discussion on Charter Schools at the San Carlos 
Charter Learning Center in San Carlos, California

September 20, 1997

    The President. Thank you very much. First, thank all of you for 
coming here today and sharing your Saturday morning. I thank the 
superintendent for his really marvelous remarks. He talked about all the 
things that we have in common. I saw a living symbol of his dedication 
to education above all else and one thing that we have in common that he 
didn't mention. If you look closely at his tie, you will see it is a 
pattern of golf balls and tees. [Laughter] And on this beautiful 
Saturday morning he's here with us. [Laughter]
    Let me thank your instructional coordinator, too, for being here, 
leaving her 11-day-old baby. I would like to see the 11-day-old baby, 
but I think it's--where's the baby? A wise mother leaves the baby 
outside. [Laughter]
    Hillary and I are delighted to be here. And I want to spend most of 
my time just at this panel today. But I thank all of you for coming 
because I believe in charter schools, and I believe they are an 
important part of helping us to lift our standards and renew our schools 
and achieve the kind of educational excellence that all of our children 
need as we move into the 21st century.
    I congratulate the San Carlos Learning Center for being the first of 

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