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Clinton Opposes School Choice

- October 11, 2015

In 2007, Clinton Vowed To “Fight School Vouchers” With “Every Breath In My Body.” “[Clinton] was answering a question about charter schools, but after saying she had ‘always supported public school choice,’ she segued quickly to a denunciation of vouchers that drew thunderous applause from the crowd. The question of providing parents with public funds that can be used for private schools has long been a political flashpoint, with many Republicans advocating them as an opportunity for increased choice, while Democrats see them as an abandonment of public schools. Mrs. Clinton said she would ‘fight them with every breath in my body.’” (Russell Berman, “Senator Clinton Stands By Charter Schools,” New York Sun, 7/3/07)

In A 2007 Speech Before A New York Teachers’ Union, Clinton Said That She Opposed Vouchers Because “I Don’t Think They’re Constitutional.” CLINTON: “So I think about what my teachers meant to me, and why I believe so passionately in public education. You know I’m often asked as I travel around, ‘well, Senator, why won’t you support vouchers?’ And I’ll say, well, I’ll tell you why I won’t support vouchers. Number one, I don’t think they’re constitutional.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The New York State United Teachers Convention, Washington, DC, 4/27/07)

  • Clinton Also Said That If Vouchers Were Implemented, Students Would Go To Schools That Teach “Things Antithetical To American Values.” CLINTON: “But number two, I don’t see how you would implement them without having a lot of people get vouchers for schools that would be teaching things antithetical to American values.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The New York State United Teachers Convention, Washington, DC, 4/27/07)

In 2006, Clinton Attacked School Vouchers Claiming They Would Lead To “The Creation Of Taxpayer-Financed White Supremacist Academies – Or Even A Government-Funded ‘School Of The Jihad.’” “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton slammed private-school voucher proposals yesterday, predicting that vouchers would eventually lead to the creation of taxpayer-financed white supremacist academies – or even a government-funded ‘school of the jihad.’” (Glenn Thrush, “Clinton Raps Vouchers,” Newsday, 2/22/06)

In 2001, Clinton Said Vouchers “Segregate” Our Public Schools. “‘It sounds so good,’ said Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democrat of New York, ‘but it has a number of serious flaws that doom it. Experiments have demonstrated absolutely no evidence that vouchers help improve student achievement. ‘Secondly, we know that vouchers do not help the students who need the help the most. They do nothing to help improve public schools. Vouchers only further segregate and stratify our public schools.’” (Lizette Alvarez, “Senate Rejects Tuition Aid, A Key To Bush Education Plan,” The New York Times, 6/13/01)

In 2000, Clinton Said She Doesn’t Support Vouchers Because She Doesn’t Want To “Siphon Dollars Away” From Public Schools. CLINTON: “I do not support vouchers. And the reason I don’t is because I don’t think we can afford to siphon dollars away from our underfunded public schools.” (Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, New York Senatorial Candidates’ Debate, 9/13/00)

In 1999, Clinton Called Vouchers “Dead Wrong.” CLINTON: “I know there are some who believe that vouchers are the way to improve our public schools; I believe they are dead wrong..” (Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, Remarks To The National Education Association, Orlando, FL, 7/5/99)


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