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Where’s Hillary On Education Reform?

By Margaret Paynich — January 25, 2007 1 min read
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Senator Hillary Clinton has not said much about PK - 12 education in the past few days since her Presidential campaign announcement, even as she has been soliciting questions from website visitors to answer in her live, online webchats. And she’s probably wise not to. School reform ideas hardly ever get anyone elected, and have often arguably dragged them down.

Still, as first noted on The Chalkboard, former Senate staffer Dan Gerstein wishes he’d had a chance to ask Clinton some questions (five questions that won’t make Hillary’s webchats ). On education, Gerstein asks whether Clinton will “embrace controversial education reforms” as she has in the past, including an expansion of charter schools.

But instead, Senator Clinton is talking about what everyone else talks about -- making college more affordable (surprise, surprise) and improving life for the struggling middle class. She did mention an interest in providing additional relief to “young people” who go into shortage areas like math and science. Still no word about her position on national standards or NCLB reauthorization. We’re not holding our breath.

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