Hillary Clinton on Education

Last Updated : Dec 30, 2010

Summary

Senator Clinton voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind program when it passed the Senate in 2001. However, she stated in the 2008 election cycle that the program was an unfunded mandate and that she would end it. She stated that the program only taught children to fill in bubbles on a sheet and killed creativity and a desire to learn. She opposes standardized testing on a national level.

While campaigning, Senator Clinton stated that she supported merit pay, especially for teachers working in urban areas or in underserved rural areas. She also supports universal government funded pre-school for all Americans, and an extension of after school programs.

Senator Clinton was also a strong supporter of the public education system. She opposes school vouchers that allows students to attend a non-public school.

 

NEA Speech

In March of 2007, Senator Clinton spoke at the National Education Association and stated that she opposed No Child Left Behind as an unfunded mandate which simply taught children to fill in bubbles on a sheet.

 

Las Vegas Debate

In November of 2007, Senator Clinton stated at the Las Vegas Presidential Debate that she supported merit pay for teachers, especially those who served in low income areas.

 

Campaign Rally

At a campaign rally in Nevada, Senator Clinton spoke about her support for universal pre-K, her opinion that No Child Left Behind should be ended, her proposition for a $30,000 tax rebate for college, and a program of national service to earn money for college. Senator Clinton repeated these opinions on NCLB, universal pre-K, and college costs throughout the campaign.

 

Education.com Article

In 2008, Education.com asked the Clinton campaign about standardized testing, NCLB, and school choice. The campaign responded that it supported school choice within the public system, and opposed standardized testing and NCLB.

 

Voting Record

College Cost Reduction and Access Act

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act is a significant education bill dealing largely with funding for higher education. The bill removes tuition sensitivity for Pell Grants, increases the amount available for Pell grants, Funds the Upward Bound program, establishes the TEACH Grants, reduces student loan repayment rates, sets deferments based on need and establishes some partner based grants. The bill got a great deal of support in the Senate and passed easily. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Standards vs Tutors

Again in 2001, the Senate voted on another amendment which would authorize $200 million to provide grants to help states develop assessment systems that describe student achievement. This amendment would replace a previous amendment which would allow parents with children at under-performing schools to use public funding for private tutors. The amendment was widely supported by Democrats, but widely opposed by Republicans. It failed to pass in a 50-47 vote. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment and supported developing standards over private tutors.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment and supported developing standards over private tutors.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

No Child Left Behind was the primary focus of the Bush administration prior to 9/11. The bill requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades, if those states are to receive federal funding for schools. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard; standards are set by each individual state. The bill got the support of all but 2 Democrats and all but 6 Republicans and passed the Senate in a 91-8 vote. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Amendment - Voucher Program

In June 2001, Senator Gregg introduced an amendment to create a test voucher program for low income students in failing schools. The program would have been in 10 cities and three states. Hillary Clinton voted against the voucher program.

Hillary Clinton voted against the voucher program.

Teachers vs Tutors

In 2001, the Senate voted on an amendment to the Better Education for Students and Teachers Act which would have provided $2.4 billion in funding in fiscal 2002 for state and local services to hire up to 100,00 additional teachers. This amendment would replace an amendment allowing parents with children at under-performing schools to use public funding for private tutors. Every Democrat that voted supported the amendment, and every Republican that voted opposed the amendment. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment and supported hiring teachers over tutors.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the amendment and supported hiring teachers over tutors.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 244; Education Begins at Home Act - Cosponsor

Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Secretary of Education, to make: (1) grants to states for programs of early childhood home visitation; and (2) competitive grants to local educational agencies and other eligible applicants for early home visitation for families with English language learners. Directs the Secretary of Defense, in collaboration with the Secretary of Education, to make competitive grants to eligible applicants for early home visitation for military families. Directs the Secretary of HHS to develop and implement a public information and educational campaign to inform the public and new parents about the importance of proper care for infants and children under five years of age.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 761; America COMPETES Act - Cosponsor

A bill to invest in innovation and education to improve the competitiveness of the United States in the global economy.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 1367; Teach for America Grant - Cosponsor

Authorizes the Secretary of Education to award a grant to Teach For America, Inc. to implement and expand its program of recruiting, selecting, training, and supporting new teachers.

References

[1] Website: Education.com Article: Hillary Clinton on Education Author: NA Accessed on: 12/30/2010

[2] Website: Concord Monitor Article: Clinton assails 'No Child' in NEA speech Author: Sarah Liebowitz Accessed on: 12/30/2010

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