Hillary Rodham Clinton said a lot about a lot of things in her Thursday night acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, and throughout the week her supporters, including hubby Bill and daughter Chelsea, spent considerable time discussing her fight on behalf of women and children.
With more than two months of Sundays left until voters hit the polls, there’s something else Mrs. Clinton needs to hand voters and that’s an explanation of her opposition to school vouchers.
In a piece posted on the United Federation of Teachers website and titled “Public ed gets Hillary’s vote,” Mrs. Clinton readily explained herself at the July 18 convention of the another teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers.
The post said: “Clinton advocated more community schools and the ‘right balance’ on testing. She vowed to continue to oppose ‘vouchers that drain resources from public schools and undermine their ability to provide the education our children deserve.’
“Donald Trump has said ‘America spends too much on education,’ Clinton said. ‘He wants to, and I quote, largely eliminate the Department of Education’ and its support programs. He would ‘leave our most vulnerable students to fend for themselves,’ she said.”
For a history-maker who wants a pro-family, pro-children platform to resonate with a cross-section of voters, Mrs. Clinton’s opposition to public vouchers doesn’t square with her push for level playing fields for women and children.
Indeed, it almost aligns her with the black-robed jurists and politicians who sustained school segregation. And, yes, there was many a Democrat among them.