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Andre says The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation has done a lot to help children through the years. "But I realized the best way to impact a child is to educate them, to give them the tools to not only dream but also to reach out and take ownership of those dreams and get them," he says.

President Clinton says he featured Andre's school in Giving, his new book, because charter schools are an issue he has cared about since he worked to create more of them during his presidency. "In the entire county in which Las Vegas is in Nevada, including all the wealthy areas, his school was the only one that received the highest designation in performance from the State of Nevada—in the poorest neighborhood in the state," he says. "I featured him because I wanted people to know that this could be done."

In addition to its achievements, President Clinton says he wanted to show people the school's rules and Code of Conduct. "I think a lot of people have given up on public schools. They don't think this can happen," he says. "[Andre] has proved that if you have the right rules, the right school culture, you can do it."
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FROM: Former President Bill Clinton's New Passion and Andre Agassi
Published on September 04, 2007

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