TOKYO (01/28/2000) - U.S. President Bill Clinton tonight proposed in his State of the Union Address to get more schools on the Internet.
"We know we must connect all our classrooms to the Internet," Clinton said.
"And we're getting there. In 1994, only three percent of our classrooms were connected. Today, with the help of the vice president's E-rate program, more than half of them are; and 90 percent of our schools have at least one Internet connection."
"But we cannot finish the job when a third of all schools are in serious disrepair, many of them with walls and wires that are too old for the Internet.
Tonight, I propose to help 5,000 schools a year make immediate, urgent repairs.
And again, to help build or modernize 6,000 more, to get students out of trailers and into high-tech classrooms," the president said in his televised address, monitored in Tokyo.
More to come.