Education and the Presidential Candidates: Hillary Clinton

Presidential Primaries are in full swing around the country.  The news and debates have reported some general education ideas and plans from candidates, but it’s all been very piecemeal.  For the next few weeks, we’re digging into what some of the candidates are saying about education and school choice.  We’ll talk about prominent candidates from both parties and give unbiased information and facts from reputable sources.

Segment 4: Democrat Candidate, Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was born and raised in the Chicago area.  She graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School by the year 1973.  Following law school, Clinton was involved in many volunteer projects, postgraduate and research studies, and campaign work.  Her interests focused on children and family law; she wrote several scholarly articles surrounding the topic and was known for her work in this area.  Clinton successfully practiced law and ended up becoming the first female partner with Rose Law Firm in Arkansas.  While her husband was in the political spotlight, she took the titles of First Lady of Arkansas, then First Lady of the United States.  All the while, Hillary Clinton continued to practice law, work on her husband’s campaigns and once in the White House, played a significant role in public policy.  She chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Commission and was a key member shaping the No Child Left Behind Act during her time as Senator on the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee. 

Although a detailed plan is not given, Secretary Clinton has had visible experience with attempting to make educational improvements at the state and national levels.  Her campaign website outlines her expectations for improving education in the U.S.  “Now more than ever, quality public education is the key to equal opportunity and upward mobility in America… As we demand accountability, we should ensure that every school has the resources needed to achieve higher standards, including safe and modern physical facilities, well-paid teachers and staff, and opportunities for remedial help after school and during summers.” The Hyde Park Declaration, Aug 1, 2000.  “So we have to support the public education system whether or not our children are in it or whether or not we have children. The public education system is a critical investment for the well-being of all of us.”  Unique Voice, Feb, 1997. 

Secretary Clinton is also an advocate of high quality charter schools and school choice.  “Charter schools can play a significant part in revitalizing and strengthening schools. Many of these schools are meeting the needs of students who had trouble succeeding in more traditional public schools. Every child deserves a quality public education as part of their American birthright.” Remarks at Charter School Meeting, Washington DC , Aug, 1998.  She is not a supporter of vouchers. 

Again, Secretary Clinton has not publicized an in-depth education plan, but a general idea can be found on her campaign website: hillaryclinton.com

The Ohio eSchool Coalition is not affiliated with a specific political party, nor are we endorsing a particular candidate.  Please stay tuned for two final updates on major Presidential Candidates.