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Reno Calls Education Key to Curbing Crime: Urges Businesses, Communities to Take Active Role

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Reno Calls Education Key to Curbing Crime: Urges Businesses, Communities to Take Active Role

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Reno Calls Education Key To Curbing Crime: Urges Businesses,. Communities To Take Active Role

by Jody Becker

CINCINNATI -- Attorney General Janet Reno called on local communities, businesses and educators to take a more active role in the education of the nation's young people.

Calling education critical to combatting the epidemic of violence that plagues young Americans -- especially those in the inner-cities -- Reno said that "...we need to give teachers the time to teach, to send children home with stars in their eyes.

"But our schools are faced with so many social burdens we can barely keep up with the extraordinary burst of knowledge of our times," she told a gathering of about 2,500 during the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) conference here.

In her speech, titled "Stopping the War Against America's Children," Reno said that the Centers for Disease Control is calling gun deaths the worst public health epidemic among American children. According to CDF, 5,356 children died as a result of gun-related injuries in 1991. …

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