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ICYMI: Clinton Turns Against Charters

- November 12, 2015

By: WSJ Editorial Board
Thursday, November 12, 2015

“Hillary Clinton has moved to the left of President Obama on trade, energy, immigration, student loans, health care and entitlements. But even we’re surprised by her latest move, which is to turn against charter schools as an engine of education opportunity.

“’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,’ Mrs. Clinton said last weekend in South Carolina. She also acknowledged that ‘for many years now’ she has ‘supported the idea of charter schools,’ though ‘not as a substitute for the public schools...’”

“Why the sudden change? ... Unions loathe charter competition, and Mrs. Clinton is returning the favor of these early endorsements….

“Charters serve some of the most troubled students, including a higher percentage in poverty than all public schools, according to Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes. In urban centers in particular, charters serve mostly minority students and include more who are learning English than do public schools as a whole...

“Mrs. Clinton’s charter reversal suggests her Education Department would be a wholly owned union subsidiary. The losers will be the poor parents and children who Democrats claim to represent.”

Read the full piece here.

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