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Clinton Ad Touts K-12 Record; Christie Sees Unions as ‘Destructive Force’

By Alyson Klein — August 03, 2015 1 min read
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Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first ads in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire are out—and they touch on her record on children’s issues, including her early work in the standards-based education redesign movement as first lady of Arkansas.

Both ads, “Dorothy” and “Family Strong,” cite Clinton’s mother’s experience as a child in poverty, abandoned by her parents and sent to live with grandparents who “didn’t want her.” Dorothy’s life was brightened, Clinton says in the ad, by other adults, including a teacher who shared food with her.

The other ad, “Family Strong” cites Clinton’s early work with the Children’s Defense Fund—where she helped research educational opportunities for students in special education and migrant children—and her efforts to broaden course offerings and beef up graduation standards as first lady of Arkansas in the 1980s. (The Arkansas standards effort could be seen as a very early precursor to today’s Common Core State Standards, which Clinton has also said she supports.)

Oh, and the ad also touts her “new title": Grandma.

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Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, running for the GOP nomination, singled out the teachers’ unions in an interview with CNN as the group he most wants to “punch in the face.” And he made reference to the union’s endorsement of Clinton (Actually, just one union, the American Federation of Teachers, has given her the nod.) Much more over at State Ed Watch.

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