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What Hillary’s Candidacy Means For Education - Not Much

By Margaret Paynich — January 22, 2007 1 min read

As the first ’08 presidential candidate to make front, top and left of the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton made the rumors official on Saturday, January 20, 2007 - exactly two years from the date of the next presidential inauguration. She used a highly-praised online video on her website to make the announcement (which never mentions education), coupled with a typed statement of her candidacy (which barely mentions education). The most popular policy issue associated with Hillary is health care - something she did stress in her announcement.

Clinton’s statement on NCLB’s 5th anniversary notes her original support for NCLB and her charge that the Bush administration is under-funding NCLB. At the same time, she has earned an “A” from the NEA for voting in their interests 100% of the time in 2005 and submitted a request to the Government Accountability Office regarding the “slow progress in implementing academic assistance for students under the No Child Left Behind Act.”

To see her stances on education in the Senate click here. A comprehensive site called On The Issues has a lengthy profile of Hillary’s stances on education from AR to U.S. Senate. Main points: doesn’t support school vouchers, supports types of performance pay, one-time testing for teachers - but no word yet on National Standards. My advice - don’t hold your breath.

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