Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate

Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton
Born: October 26th, 1947  (age 69)

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Hillary Clinton on Education

Clinton supports Common Core and the No Child Left Behind program.

“You know, when I think about the really unfortunate argument that’s been going on around Common Core, it’s very painful because the Common Core started off as a bipartisan effort. It was actually nonpartisan. It wasn’t politicized. It was to try to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country, no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was, that there wouldn’t be two tiers of education. Everybody would be looking at what was to be learned and doing their best to try to achieve that. I think part of the reason Iowa may be more understanding of this is you’ve had the Iowa core for years. You’ve had a system plus the Iowa Assessment Test. I think I’m right in saying that I took those when I was in elementary school right? The Iowa tests. So that Iowa has had a testing system based on a core curriculum for a really long time. And you see the value of it. You understand why that helps you organize your whole education system. And a lot of states, unfortunately, haven’t had that. And so don’t understand the value of a core in the sense, a Common Core. Yes, of course you can figure out the best way in your community to try to reach — but your question is really a larger one. How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?

And there are a lot of explanations for that I suppose. But whatever they are we need to try to get back into a broad conversation where people will actually listen to each other again and try to come up with solutions for problems. Because the problems here in Monticello are not the same problems you’ll find in the inner city of our biggest urban areas. That’s a given. We have to do things differently but it should all be driven by the same commitment to try to make sure we do educate every child. That’s why I was a senator and voted for leave no child behind because I thought every child should matter. And shouldn’t be “you’re poor or you’ve got disabilities so we’re going to sweep you to the back don’t show up on test day because we don’t want to mess up our scores” No, every child should have the same opportunity. And so I think we’ve got to get back to basics. And we have to look to teachers to lead the way on that. I mean you’re the ones who have 21, 15, 46 years of experience so I think you make a very important observation about what we need to be doing and what I hope I can do in this campaign and as President.”

14 April, 2015: Roundtable discussion at Kirkwood Community College Monticello, Iowa (2:27:36 – 2:31:04)

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