ROCKVILLE -- America's economic future depends on fundamental changes in its education system,
Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton said today.
In a speech to about 3,000 people at Montgomery Community College, Mr. Clinton said the 1990 U.S. Census clearly showed that high school graduates who get two years of additional skills and training offered by most industrialized nations will go into jobs where incomes rise.
Without the training, the figures show, income tends to go down, he said.
"Everything depends on a place like this, and we're cutting off [tax support]. It's a mistake."
The candidate aimed sharp criticism at President Bush, saying Mr. Bush would have cut off Pell grants to 400,000 low-income students. Reductions of government aid have come at the same time that the Bush administration pursues tax cuts for the wealthy, Mr. Clinton said.