Clinton: Wrong On School Choice

- September 8, 2016

Now In The Pocket Of Teachers' Unions, Clinton Opposes Policies That Benefit Children, Parents, And Good Teachers


· Clinton has opposed school choice for students and parents throughout her career, promising teachers' unions that she would fight choice with "every breath in my body."

· An "incredible act of political expediency," Clinton has flip-flopped on her "decades-long" support of charter schools during her 2016 campaign to gain the endorsements of teachers' unions.

· Throughout her career, Clinton has opposed merit pay for teachers, passing up an opportunity to reward and incentivize good teachers.

· Instead of supporting education reforms that benefit children, parents, and good teachers, Clinton has chosen to sell out to teachers unions to earn their endorsements.


Throughout Her Career, Clinton Has Opposed School Choice

In A July 2015 American Federation Of Teachers Candidate Questionnaire, Clinton Said She "Strongly" Opposed School Vouchers Because, "They Divert Precious Resources Away From Financially Strapped Public Schools." CLINTON: "I strongly oppose voucher schemes because they divert precious resources away from financially strapped public schools to private schools that are not subject to the same accountability standards or teacher quality standards. It would be harmful to our democracy if we dismantled our public school system through vouchers, and there is no evidence that doing so would improve outcomes for children." ("Candidate Questionnaire: Hillary Rodham Clinton," American Federation Of Teachers, 7/17/15)

In 2007, Clinton Promised A Teachers Union, The National Education Association (NEA), That She Would "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 2003, Clinton Claimed That School Choice Weakens Public School Systems. "One reason I support improving our public school system through higher standards and greater accountability and oppose weakening it through vouchers is that it brings together children of all races, religions, and backgrounds, and has shaped and sustained our pluralistic democracy." (Hillary Clinton, Living History, 2003, p. 427)

In 2006, Clinton Bizarrely Claimed That Private-School Vouchers Could Lead To The Financing Of Schools That Promote "White Supremacy" And "Jihad"

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," [New York] Newsday, 2/22/06)

  • Clinton: "Next Parent That Comes And Says, 'I Want To Send My Child To The School Of The Church Of The White Supremacist." "First family that comes and says 'I want to send my daughter to St. Peter's Roman Catholic School' and you say 'Great, wonderful school, here's your voucher,' Clinton said. 'Next parent that comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the school of the Church of the White Supremacist ...' The parent says, 'The way that I read Genesis, Cain was marked, therefore I believe in white supremacy. ... You gave it to a Catholic parent, you gave it to a Jewish parent, under the Constitution, you can't discriminate against me.'" (Glenn Thrush, "Clinton Raps Vouchers," [New York] Newsday, 2/22/06)
  • Clinton: "So What If The Next Parent Comes And Says, 'I Want To Send My Child To The School Of The Jihad? ... I Won't Stand For It." "As an adoring, if somewhat puzzled, audience of Bronx activists looked on, Clinton added, 'So what if the next parent comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the School of the Jihad? ... I won't stand for it.'" (Glenn Thrush, "Clinton Raps Vouchers," [New York] Newsday, 2/22/06)

As A Senator, Clinton Repeatedly Voted Against School Choice

In 2001, Clinton Voted Against Tax Credits For Private School Tuition. " To eliminate expenditures for tuition, fees, and room and board as qualified elementary and secondary education expenses for distributions made from education individual retirement accounts." (S.Amdt. 711 To H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #136: 41-58: R 2-47; D 39-11, 5/22/01, Clinton Voted Yea)

In 2001, Clinton Voted Against An Amendment Submitted By Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) That Would Have Created A Voucher Demonstration Program In 10 Low-Income School Districts. "To provide a low-income school choice demonstration program." (S.Amdt. 536 To S.Amdt. 358 To S. 1, Roll Call Vote #179: Rejected 41-58: R 38-11; D 3-46; I 0-1, 6/12/01, Clinton Voted Nay)

Like Obama, Clinton Opposed D.C.'s Successful School Choice Program

In 2004, Clinton Voted Against Legislation That Authorized The Secretary Of Education To Award Five Year Grants To Low-Income Children In Washington, D.C. To Help Provide School Choice Opportunities . "DC School Choice Incentive Act of 2003 - (Sec. 304) Requires the Secretary of Education to award five-year grants on a competitive basis to educational entities of the District government, nonprofit organizations, and consortia of nonprofit organizations (eligible entities) with approved applications to carry out activities to provide expanded school choice opportunities to students who are DC residents and who come from households with incomes not exceeding 185 percent of the poverty line (eligible students)." (H.R. 2673, Roll Call Vote #3: Passed 65-28: R 44-4; D 21-23; I 0-1, 1/22/04, Clinton Voted Nay)

  • 21 Democrat Senators Voted In Favor Of The D.C. Voucher Program, Including Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-NY), And Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). (H.R. 2673, Roll Call Vote #3: Passed 65-28: R 44-4; D 21-23; I 0-1, 1/22/04, Clinton Voted Nay)

Obama Has Urged The Democrat Controlled Congress To End The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. "At the Obama administration's urging, Congress agreed in 2009 to phase out the program. But it was revived last year as part of a budget deal with House Republicans." ("Obama Budget Proposal Includes No New Funding For DC Private-School Vouchers," The Associated Press , 2/14/12)

The Washington Post Editorial: "In Their Zeal To Kill Off" The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, Opponents Have Ignored That The Program Is Strongly Backed By D.C. Parents And Elected Officials. "In their zeal to kill off the federally funded scholarship program for poor D.C. students, opponents have peddled the fiction that Congress foisted the program on an unwilling city. In fact, the program was backed enthusiastically by then-Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and a key D.C. Council member, and parent demand for scholarships far outstrips supply. So let's hope that a letter from Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) and a majority of the council urging continued funding for the program finally puts the myth to rest and helps allow more students to benefit from the program." (Editorial, "For D.C., Reauthorizing School Choice Is The Right Choice," The Washington Post , 3/14/16)

The Washington Post Editorial: Democrats Have "Knuckled Under" The Pressure Of Teachers Unions, Who "Are Fearful Of The Competition Posed By Vouchers." "The vouchers have allowed thousands of students, predominantly minorities, to attend private schools. Parents of scholarship students have extolled the benefits of school choice and the positive impact of better schooling on their children's lives. Interest in the program, according to its administrators, has never been higher. None of that, of course, seems to matter to teachers unions that are fearful of the competition posed by vouchers or to the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate who knuckled under to their pressure." (Editorial, "Knuckling Under On D.C.'s Voucher Program," The Washington Post , 12/18/15)

The Washington Post Editorial: The Program "Not Only Works - In The Judgment Of Federal Evaluators - But Also Enjoys Bipartisan Support." "Surely, it shouldn't be among the president's priorities to single out for attack a tiny federal program that not only works - in the judgment of federal evaluators - but also enjoys bipartisan support. If it is, we trust that Mr. Boehner would step in, as he did last year, to save a program that D.C.'s poorest families value for their children." (Editorial, "Who Will Rescue The D.C. Voucher Program This Time?," The Washington Post , 4/10/12)

Despite Plenty Of Proof To The Contrary, Clinton Claimed That There Is "Absolutely No Evidence" That School Choice Programs Work

Clinton Said There Is "Absolutely No Evidence" In Support Of Vouchers. "It sounds so good, but it has a number of serious flaws that doom it,' said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). 'Experiments have demonstrated absolutely no evidence that vouchers help improve student achievement,' she said. '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 Votes Down Vouchers," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , 6/11/01)

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Produced "Higher Graduation Rates Than The D.C. Public School Average." "So it's passing strange that his new $3.8 trillion budget provides no new money for a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., that is producing significantly higher graduation rates than the D.C. public school average." (Jason L. Riley, "Obama's War On School Vouchers," The Wall Street Journal's Political Diary, 2/14/12)

  • A 2010 Department of Education Study Found The D.C. Opportunity Program Increased "Students' Chances Of High School Graduation By About 12 Percent." "Then it examined test scores, graduation rates, perceptions of school safety and satisfaction over a four- or five-year period. Students who used the scholarships earned reading and math scores that, for the most part, mirrored the scores of public school students. The report said the program did improve students' chances of high school graduation by about 12 percent." (Adeshina Emmanuel, "Much-Debated Scholarship Program For D.C. Students Is Renewed," The New York Times' The Caucus, 6/18/12)
  • The Washington Post Editorial: "Students Awarded Vouchers To Attend Private Schools In The District Had Significantly Better Chances Of Graduating From High School." "Students awarded vouchers to attend private schools in the District had significantly better chances of graduating from high school, and parents who sent their children to schools using scholarships were happy with having a choice of good, safe schools. These latest findings on D.C. school vouchers underscore the value of this program and show how wrong-headed it is to deny future students this opportunity." (Editorial, "D.C.'S Successful Voucher Program Deserves A Second Life," The Washington Post, 6/23/10)

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Helped Kids Living In Poverty Seek A Quality Education. "Applicants must show proof of residency. Participating families must also be food-stamp recipients or make no more than about $41,000 for a family of four - 185 percent of the poverty level." (Robert Samuels, "Parents Rush To Apply For D.C. Private School Vouchers," The Washington Post , 6/25/11)

  • The Washington Post Editorial: The Program Provides "A Lifeline To Low-Income And Underserved Families, Giving Them The School Choice That More Affluent Families Take As A Given." "The scholarships provide a lifeline to low-income and underserved families, giving them the school choice that more affluent families take as a given. And because the program results in more federal money for D.C. public education and not less - another myth advanced by opponents - it's time for Congress to act." (Editorial, "For D.C., Reauthorizing School Choice Is The Right Choice," The Washington Post , 3/14/16)

A Report By The Nonprofit and Nonpartisan Foundation For Educational Choice "Shows That Vouchers Improve Outcomes For Both Participants And Public Schools." "Contrary to the widespread claim that vouchers do not benefit participants and hurt public schools, the empirical evidence consistently shows that vouchers improve outcomes for both participants and public schools. In addition to helping the participants by giving them more options, there are a variety of explanations for why vouchers might improve public schools as well. The most important is that competition from vouchers introduces healthy incentives for public schools to improve." (Greg Forster, Ph.D., "A Win Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence On School Vouchers," The Foundation For Educational Choice , 3/11)

  • Eighteen Out Of Nineteen Empirical Studies Show "That Vouchers Improved Public Schools." "Nineteen empirical studies have examined how vouchers affect outcomes in public schools. Of these studies, 18 find that vouchers improved public schools and one finds no visible impact. No empirical studies find that vouchers harm public schools. (Greg Forster, Ph.D., "A Win Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence On School Vouchers," The Foundation For Educational Choice , 3/11)

While Strongly Opposed To Allowing Other Americans Choice In Educating Their Children, The Clintons Chose to Send Their Own Daughter To A Private School

On The 1992 Campaign Trail, Bill Clinton Talked "Regularly" About His Daughter's "Experience Attending A Little Rock Public School." "Among other topics where Clinton's performance so far has not matched his campaign rhetoric: While he never promised to send his daughter to a public school, Clinton did talk regularly about her experience attending a Little Rock public school and of his commitment to public education and opposition to using tax money to help parents send children to private schools." (Mitchell Locin, "As Clinton's Promises Turn Into Goals, Adjustments Are Made," Chicago Tribune, 1/10/93)

But Once In D.C., The Clintons Announced That Their Daughter Would Attend A Prestigious Private School In The City. "'After many family discussions and careful consideration, we have decided that our daughter, Chelsea, will attend the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.,' Clinton said in a prepared statement. 'As parents, we believe this decision is best for our daughter at this time in her life, based on our changing circumstances.'" (Elizabeth Shogren, "Chelsea Clinton To Be In Private School," Los Angeles Times, 1/6/93)

  • Sidwell Friends Was Considered "The Most 'Progressive'" Of "The Capital's Elite Prep Schools." "By 1993 co-ed Sidwell was considered the most 'progressive' and racially integrated of the capital's elite prep schools, chosen by the Clintons over the somewhat tonier National (Episcopal) Cathedral schools, which had been attended by Al Gore and the daughters of President Lyndon Johnson." (Carl Bernstein, A Woman In Charge, 2007, p. 265)

The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Accused Bill Clinton Of Hypocrisy, Saying When Clinton Argued "That Vouchers Would Destroy Public Schools…That Was Clinton The Candidate Speaking. Clinton The Parent Is A Different Matter." "Clinton argued that vouchers would destroy public schools and he wanted to do all he could to save them. But that was Clinton the candidate speaking. Clinton the parent is a different matter." (Editorial, "Chelsea Clinton's School Choice,"Chicago Tribune , 1/10/93)


Originally A Supporter, Clinton Has Attacked Charter Schools In Front Of Teachers Unions In Her 2016 Campaign

During A July 2016 Address To The NEA, Clinton Was Cheered By The Teachers Unions' Members When She Attacked For-Profit Charter Schools. "The presidential hopeful won back the crowd by making a distinction between charter schools in general, and those schools run by for-profit companies. Clinton said people on the outside are pushing 'for-profit charter schools on our kids.' 'We will never stand for that. That is not acceptable,' Clinton said to cheers." (Kimberly Hefling, "Clinton's Charter School Comments Prompt Boos At Teachers Union Event," Politico, 7/5/16)

In November 2015, Clinton Stated That "Most Charter Schools…Don't Take The Hardest-To-Teach Kids," Echoing A Line Used By Charter School Opponents. CLINTON: "And here's a couple of problems. Most charter schools - I don't want to say every one - but most charter schools, they don't take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don't keep them. And so the public schools are often in a no-win situation, because they do, thankfully, take everybody, and then they don't get the resources or the help and support that they need to be able to take care of every child's education." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Legislative Black Caucus Town Hall , Orangeburg, SC, 11/7/15)

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In A July 2015 American Federation Of Teachers (AFT) Candidate Questionnaire, Clinton Said Charter Schools Have Moved Away From Their "Original Purpose." CLINTON: "Charters should be held to the same standards, and to the same level of accountability and transparency to which traditional public schools are held. This includes the requirements of civil rights laws. They can innovate and help improve educational practices. But I also believe that we must go back to the original purpose of charter schools. Where charters are succeeding, we should be doing more to ensure that their innovations can be widely disseminated throughout our traditional public school system. Where they are failing, they should be closed." ("Candidate Questionnaire: Hillary Rodham Clinton," American Federation Of Teachers, 7/17/15)

Previously Clinton Had Been "A Decades-Long Supporter" Of Charter Schools

Clinton's 2016 Rhetoric Sounds "Less Like A Decades-Long Supporter Of Charter Schools" And More Like "A Teachers Union President" As She Criticized Charter Schools. "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sounded less like a decades-long supporter of charter schools over the weekend and more like a teachers union president when she argued that most of these schools 'don't take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don't keep them.' Her comments in South Carolina came straight from charter school critics' playbook and distanced her from the legacies of her husband, former President Bill Clinton - credited with creating a federal stream of money to launch charters around the country - and President Barack Obama, whose administration has dangled federal incentives to push states to become more charter friendly." (Kimberly Hefling, "Hillary Clinton Rebukes Charter Schools," Politico, 11/9/15)

Clinton Had Been A Supporter Of Charter Schools "Since The 1990s." "Every [sic] since the 1990s, Clinton has expressed support for charter schools, but in Saturday's remarks, she said something that is likely to irritate her supporters within the Democratic Party who are avid backers of charter schools as a principal means of reforming public education: that most charters don't accept those students who are the most difficult to educate, or, if they do, they 'don't keep them.'" (Valerie Strauss, "Hillary Clinton: 'Most Charter Schools 'Don't Take The Hardest-To-Teach Kids, Or, If They Do, They Don't Keep Them,'" The Washington Post , 11/8/15)

When Asked About Ways To Improve Education At A June 2012 Town Hall In Latvia, Then-Secretary Of State Clinton Emphasized The U.S. Focus On Charter Schools. CLINTON: "So here are some things we're trying in the United States, for your consideration. We are emphasizing what are called charter schools or magnet schools. Now, what are they? Well, we want to get more kids excited by what they're learning, and we want frankly to get more of their parents involved in education so that they support their kids when they're studying. So we have specialty schools, like if you're really interested in math and science, you might be able to go to a math and science magnet; if you're interested in the creative arts - you're a dancer, you're a singer, which all of you are, or an artist in some other way - you would go to a magnet school for that; or if you just want a different mode of studying - you want smaller class size, you want open classrooms. I mean, there's just all kinds of educational ideas out there." (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Townterview With Latvian Youth, Riga, Latvia, 6/28/12)

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While Running For President In 2008, Clinton Supported Charter Schools. "This year, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and former Gov. Bill Richardson, candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, have all voiced support for quality charters. So have a few teachers' union officials." (Sam Dillon, "Ohio Goes After Charter Schools That Are Failing," The New York Times, 11/8/07)

In A 1999 Speech To The National Education Association, Clinton Encouraged The Union To "Continue To Stand Behind The Charter School/Public School Movement." CLINTON: "I also hope that you will continue to stand behind the charter school/public school movement, because I believe that parents do deserve greater choice within the public school system to meet the unique needs of their children." (First Lady Hillary Clinton, Remarks To The National Education Association, Orlando, FL, 7/5/99)

In September 1997, Hillary Clinton Said Charter Schools "Should Be Seen As A Liberation Of Public Schools." "First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton weighed in on the issue, saying charter schools have been effective in educating children ill-served by standard schools. 'The charter school movement should not be seen as a threat to public schools. They should be seen as a liberation of public schools,' she said." (Sonya Ross, "Clinton Threatens Veto Of Education Bill That Excludes Testing," The Associated Press , 9/20/97)

In 1993, Clinton "Publicly Applauded" Charters While Then-President Bill Clinton Created Policies That Expanded Charter Schools. "When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, there was a lone charter school in Minnesota, according to advocates. He helped create a grant program that provides seed money to open charters, providing hundreds of millions of dollars over the years and paving the way for thousands to open. As first lady, Hillary Clinton publicly applauded the program." (Kimberly Hefling, "Hillary Clinton Rebukes Charter Schools," Politico, 11/9/15)

Clinton's Recent Opposition To Charter Schools Sparked Rebuke From School Reform Advocates And The Education Community

Shavar Jeffries, President Of The Liberal-Leaning Democrats For Education Reform, Stated He Was "Very Troubled And Concerned" With Clinton's Comments On Charters. "'There's no doubt that we're very troubled and concerned,' said Shavar Jeffries, president of Democrats for Education Reform. 'We don't want any sort of slowdown on the Obama legacy of expanding high-quality charter seats, particularly for families of color, many of whom are attending schools that are failing them.'" (Lyndsey Layton, "Hillary Clinton Wades Into The Internal Democratic Debate Over Public Schools," The Washington Post , 11/11/15)

Jeanne Allen, Founder Of The Center For Education Reform, Said Clinton Sounded Like "An Aloof, Elite Candidate From A Bygone Era" In Opposing Charters. "'That is absolutely false,' Jeanne Allen, the founder of the Center for Education Reform, said of Clinton's claims about charters. 'She sounds like an aloof, elite candidate from a bygone era, before ed reform was a reality.'" (Lyndsey Layton, "Hillary Clinton Wades Into The Internal Democratic Debate Over Public Schools," The Washington Post , 11/11/15)

The Hill's Juan Williams: Clinton's Change On Charters Was An "Incredible Act Of Political Expediency" To Win The Endorsements Of Teachers' Unions. "But in exchange for winning the endorsements of the two big teachers' unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, Clinton has become an opponent of the choice and innovation provided by charter schools. Here is her explanation for this incredible act of political expediency: 'Most charter schools - I don't want to say every one - but most charter schools, they don't take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don't keep them,' Mrs. Clinton said at an event hosted by the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus." (Juan Williams, Op-Ed, "Hillary Betrays Charter Schools," The Hill, 11/23/15)


In 2007, Clinton Said Performance Based Merit Pay For Teachers "Could Be Demeaning And Discouraging" And "Would Open A Whole Lot Of Problems." "Performance-based merit pay for teachers is a bad idea, Hillary Rodham Clinton told Iowa teachers on Monday. School uniforms for kids, however, is worth looking at. Merit pay for teachers 'could be demeaning and discouraging, and who would decide' who would receive it, she said in a meeting with teachers at Cunningham Elementary. 'It would open a whole lot of problems.'" (Mike Wilson, "Clinton Raps Teacher Merit Pay," The Associated Press, 11/19/07)

In 2000, Clinton Called Merit Pay "A Crude And Ineffective Way To Improve Public Education." "Mrs. Clinton attacked Mr. Giuliani's push for teacher merit pay, the issue that led to the breakdown in talks over the school program, calling it a crude and ineffective way to improve public education." (Adam Nagourney, "School Cuts Are An 'Admission of Failure,' Mrs. Clinton Says," The New York Times, 4/6/00)

  • Clinton Also Claimed That Merit Pay Would "Create A Distorted Competition" Among Teachers. "Mrs. Clinton said merit pay to individual teachers would discourage teachers from helping troubled students and would create a distorted competition among teachers. 'I don't think that's a very good way to inspire teachers,' she said. 'We want our best teachers to work with the kids who are hardest to teach,' she added. 'And if teachers are going to be told that the people who look better on a test, or who please an administrator more, are the ones who are going to get them rewarded in their salary or compensation, why would anyone take on the kids who are harder to teach?'" (Adam Nagourney, "School Cuts Are An 'Admission of Failure,' Mrs. Clinton Says," The New York Times, 4/6/00)

In 2000, Clinton Said "She Would Support Merit Pay Plans That Rewarded Entire Schools … An Idea That Some Unions Also Support." "Mr. Giuliani's opponent in the Senate race, Hillary Rodham Clinton, said last week that she would support merit pay plans that rewarded entire schools, rather than singling out individual teachers, an idea that some unions also support." (Sarah Kershaw, "Long History of Turmoil Entwines Incentive Pay Plans for Teachers," The New York Times , 4/10/00)


Clinton Has "Won Endorsements From The Country's Two Major Teachers Unions," The American Federation Of Teachers (AFT) And The National Education Association (NEA). "Clinton won endorsements from the country's two major teachers unions over the objections of some rank-and-file members who questioned her education priorities, including her long history of support for charter schools. The backing of the AFT and especially the 3-million-strong National Education Association - the nation's largest union - gave her a welcome boost ahead of the Democrats' first debate, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was gaining momentum and Vice President Joe Biden was seriously considering a run." (Kimberly Hefling, "Hillary Clinton Rebukes Charter Schools," Politico, 11/9/15)

  • Rank And File Teachers Union Members Objected To Endorsing Clinton Specifically Because Of Her "Long History Of Support For Charter Schools." "Clinton won endorsements from the country's two major teachers unions over the objections of some rank-and-file members who questioned her education priorities, including her long history of support for charter schools." (Kimberly Hefling, "Hillary Clinton Rebukes Charter Schools," Politico, 11/9/15)

The Nation's Two Major Teachers' Unions Are Amongst The Clintons' Biggest Donors, Contributing At Least A Combined $3 Million To The Clintons. "Today, the two major national teachers' unions rank among the Clintons' biggest supporters. The National Education Association has contributed at least $1.3 million to bolster their races, while the American Federation of Teachers has given more than $756,000 to support them politically and at least $1 million to their foundation." (Matea Gold, Tom Hamburger, and Anu Narayanswamy, "Two Clintons. 41 Years. $3 Billion," The Washington Post, 11/19/15)

AFT President Randi Weingarten Is A Longtime Clinton Associate Who Is Also On The Board Of Clinton's Super PAC, Priorities USA Action. "AFT President Randi Weingarten and Clinton have been longtime friends, dating back to Clinton's time as a New York senator, when Weingarten was head of the state's United Federation of Teachers. Weingarten is also on the board of Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting Clinton's White House campaign." (Nivri Shah, "American Federation Of Teachers Endorses Hillary Clinton For President," Politico, 7/11/15)

  • The American Federation of Teachers Has Donated Between $1,000,001 And $5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation Through June 2016. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 8/19/16)

Teachers Unions Have Spent Millions Opposing Education Reform

Teachers Unions Have Worked Against Charter Schools For Years, As They Worry About Losing Their Clout And Dues To Non-Union Schools. "Unions say they aren't anti-charter but often attack the schools, a majority of which employ teachers who aren't unionized, accusing them of siphoning off money from traditional public schools." (Kimberly Hefling, "Hillary Clinton Rebukes Charter Schools," Politico, 11/9/15)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: "Unions Loathe Charter Competition, And Mrs. Clinton Is Returning The Favor Of These Early Endorsements." "Why the sudden change? Her press assistant explained to Politico that 'Hillary Clinton looks at the evidence. That's what she did here.' Sorry, that quote is from Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers that endorsed Mrs. Clinton in July, 16 months before Election Day. The National Education Association followed. Unions loathe charter competition, and Mrs. Clinton is returning the favor of these early endorsements." (Editorial, "Clinton Turns Against Charters," The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/15)

Teachers Unions Oppose Charters Because They Hire Non-Union Workers. "Teachers unions often oppose charters-funded by taxpayers but run by independent groups-because they typically hire nonunion workers and, labor leaders argue, drain money from struggling traditional public schools. Proponents say charter schools offer parents a choice and are free to adopt innovations such as instituting a longer school day and year, or laying off teachers based strictly on performance." (Stephanie Banchero, "Charter-School Fight Flares Up in Illinois," The Wall Street Journal, 4/8/14)

Between 2010 And 2013, Teachers Unions Pumped $2.5 Million Into Groups That Attacked Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) For Supporting Charter Schools. "Teachers unions funneled $2.5 million into what Gov. Cuomo called 'front groups' to do their dirty work attacking him for supporting charter schools and opposing tax hikes. The rebranded ACORN - New York Communities for Change - received a total of $1.3 million from the United Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers from 2010 to 2013. The unions also pumped $1.2 million into a group called Alliance for Quality Education. Both issued statements accusing the governor of 'pay-to-play politics' for backing charter schools because of campaign contributions he received from charter-supporting 'Wall Street billionaires.'" (Carl Campanile, "Teachers Unions Gave $2.5M To Groups Attacking Cuomo," New York Post, 3/24/14)

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