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President Clinton Announces National School-to-Work Initiative

Magazine article Techniques

President Clinton Announces National School-to-Work Initiative

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At the culmination of a three-day education conference on the National School-to-Work Opportunities Act (NSTWOA) in October, President Clinton issued a memorandum calling for the creation of the National Task Force on Preparing Youth for 21st Century College and Careers. Under the dual chairmanship of the Secretaries of Education and Labor, the task force will build upon the lessons of School-to-Work by "examining how a coordinated Federal policy can help all youth prepare for future careers in a rapidly changing, technologically driven economy," wrote President Clinton. NSTWOA is scheduled to end on October 1, 2001.

"Research shows that School-to-Work students take more challenging classes, earn higher grades and are more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college," President Clinton added. "School-to-Work helps students see the relevance of their studies for their futures, motivating them to attend classes and study hard, and has created thousands of new partnerships between businesses and schools."

The task force, which will also include the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will issue a report through the Director of the National Economic Council and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, no later than January 15, 2001, on the way NSTWOA has improved students' lives, the extent to which states are preparing to sustain School-to-Work reforms and how the Departments of Education and Labor can build on the School-to-Work initiative. …

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