Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has shifted further left, apparently to pander to Bernie Sanders’ voters, as she launched an attack on charter schools this weekend.
Clinton made the comments during a campaign stop in South Carolina where she held a town hall with TV One’s, Roland Martin, for “News One Now.”
Martin asked Clinton if she supported expanding charter schools, something she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have supported for around 30 years.
“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,” Clinton said. “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.”
“I want parents to be able to exercise choice within the public school system — not outside of it — but within it because I am still a firm believer that the public school system is one of the real pillars of our democracy and it is a path for opportunity,” Clinton said.
The statement was in stark contrast to the stance she’s had for three decades, but lock step in line with the teachers’ unions that have backed her candidacy nearly since its inception.
In her book, “It Takes a Village,” Clinton spoke glowingly about charter schools, POLITICO reported.
“I favor promoting choice among public schools, much as the President’s Charter Schools Initiative encourages,” Clinton wrote. “Federal funding is needed to break through bureaucratic attitudes that block change and frustrate students and parents, driving some to leave public schools.”
At a 1998 meeting in the White House, it was more of the same, according to POLITICO.
“The president believes, as I do, that charter schools are a way of bringing teachers and parents and communities together — instead of other efforts — like vouchers — which separate people out — siphon off much needed resources; and weakening the school systems that desperately need to be strengthened,” she said.
Not surprisingly, the teachers’ unions were happy with her new stance.
“Hillary Clinton looks at the evidence. That’s what she did here,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten told POLITICO. “She called out that many charters don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids or don’t keep those with academic or behavioral issues.”
Watch the segment, below.
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