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Education Reform




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.


White House Office of Records Management, Office of Cabinet Affairs, Caligraphy Office, Chief of Staff, Office of Communications, Clerk's Office, Office of Counsel to the President, Domestic Policy Council, First Lady's Office, Health Care Task Force, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Legislative Affairs, Millennium Council, National Economic Council, Office of Oval Office Operations, President's Initiative for One America, Office of the Press Secretary, Office of Public Liaison, Office of Scheduling, Office of Speechwriting, Office of the Staff Secretary


436 folders in 20 boxes




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


William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

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