Education Reform

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Education Reform


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This collection consists of records related to President Clinton's educational reforms, specifically the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Goals 2000, Improving's America's Schools Act (IASA), national standards, and test initiatives. It primarily contains background materials and correspondence concerning budget allocation, implementation, legislative strategy, and proposals for education reform.

In spring of 1994, President Clinton signed the Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Goals 2000 was based on Governor Clinton’s educational reforms in Arkansas, Secretary of Education Riley’s gubernatorial efforts in South Carolina, and lessons from other state and local educational reforms. The Goals 2000 legislation codified the previously mentioned National Education Goals. Goals 2000 offered grants to states that committed themselves to specific plans for systematic reform of K-12 education. Goals 2000 included testing of reading and mathematics skills to ensure such students met these standards.

In parallel with Goals 2000, President Clinton proposed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). President Clinton signed the Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA) in October 1994. This Act reauthorized the ESEA and also modified Title I of the ESEA. In addition to providing funding for teacher training, IASA also provided for testing on the state level and raised the standards for the schools educating these students. IASA also provided educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.


Clinton Presidential Records: White House Staff and Office Files
Clinton Presidential Records: White House Office of Records Managment


William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum


436 folders in 20 boxes

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