Clinton’s education rhetoric doesn’t align with her record

Yesterday at a rally in North Carolina, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton commented on education saying every child should have the chance to attend a quality school.

She said, “Education is still the pathway for greater opportunities…When it comes to primary and secondary education, I pledge to you we’re going to make sure all kids have goods teachers in good schools no matter what ZIP code they live in.”

“I agree with Hillary Clinton, every child, no matter their ZIP code or economic status deserves a quality education; however, without fully embracing school choice, there is no way to accomplish that goal,” said Kevin P. Chavous, founding board member of the American Federation for Children. “Continuing with a one-size-fits all education system, where more than 1.3 million students drop out of school every year, is not a path to ensure every child gets a quality education. The proven way to help students, especially those from low-income families, is through school choice. School choice means educational opportunity for kids, no matter their background, to attend a school that meets their needs. While we wait for the system to change, we are losing kids. School choice provides opportunity hope for children who desperately need more and better educational options right now.”

AFC is advocating both the RNC and DNC embrace school choice as part of their official party platforms.

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is an example of school choice at work and funding what works in education.  The program has bipartisan support, serves children from low-income families in the District of Columbia and has a graduation rate nearly 30 points higher than students in traditional D.C. public schools.

Full video of Clinton’s speech: