Clinton promises TLC for public schools

Posted March 10, 2016

— Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told a packed school gymnasium in Durham on Thursday that she would deliver some TLC for public education nationwide – more support for teachers, an emphasis on the best learning strategies and a push for communities to support student success.

Clinton made a brief campaign stop at Hillside High School, where an estimated 1,500 students, faculty and other supporters applauded her condemnation of actions by the Republican-led General Assembly that she says have undermined North Carolina's public schools.

"For the life of me, I don't know why Republicans have such a problem funding public schools to the extent they should," she said.

She recalled that, when her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was governor of Arkansas in the 1980s, he tried to pattern efforts to improve schools in that state after the successes North Carolina had experienced. Three decades later, she said, teachers are leaving North Carolina classrooms because of low pay and a lack of respect, and schools have to cut programs to balance their budgets.

"What was in many ways an incredible success story that people looked at and wanted to emulate," she said, "we watch your Republican governor and legislature slowly eroding the base for public education."

Clinton said that, if elected president, she would work with states to increase teacher salaries, expand early childhood education, encourage every school district in the nation to offer computer science and coding courses and scour all schools, including charters and private schools, for the best ways to help students learn.

"There should not be a single public school in America where someone wouldn't want to send their child," she said.

Clinton also vowed to defend the Affordable Care Act against congressional efforts to dismantle it, to "take on the gun lobby" and to promote voting rights. She again criticized the North Carolina General Assembly on that last subject.

"It's outrageous that, in 2016, we have to say we're for voting rights. I thought that was settled decades ago."

A parade of presidential candidates have visited North Carolina this week in advance of the state's primary next Tuesday.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump was in Concord on Monday and Fayetteville on Wednesday, and his closest rival, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, was in Raleigh and Kannapolis on Tuesday. Clinton's rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is scheduled to appear in downtown Raleigh on Friday.

"On the heels of a debate performance rife with flip-flops and hypocrisy, Hillary Clinton is making a pit-stop in North Carolina in hopes that she can keep voters from rejecting her just as they did in 2008," Kara Carter, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said in a statement. "There is no reason for North Carolina voters to believe another Clinton can be trusted with the White House."


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  • Dalton Dickens Mar 11, 2016
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    What women would stay with her hubby, after what Bill pulled, and you can believe this wasn't his first rodeo. Read for yourself. It is a power grab and a marriage con job--she is connected. Look at the land deals, the "private server"...geeze, I would rather have Bernie, at least he seems honest, actually stood up for blacks, ARRESTED for them. What has Hil done..bark, while Bernie actually has bite and spent jail time doing so. The one payer system I agree to, simply because the free enterprise system doesn't work in health care, it is immune...but if you come here and cross the border without the proper paperwork, well, you are illegal, plain and simple. It is a mixed bag.

  • Doug Bogard Mar 10, 2016
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    Prison is to good for her.
    The world would be safer if we put her in
    Guantanamo Bay.

  • John White Mar 10, 2016
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    I would not trust Clinton with anything. She has already been proven to be a liar. Much like her husband who did not have sexual relations with an intern.

  • Kioko Fulgarion Mar 10, 2016
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    She'll say anything to get people's attention... why isn't she behind bars yet? has everyone forgotten about those soldiers she left for dead? Oh? That is all under the rug now? I didn't know politicians got a free pass for cold blooded murder.... nevermind.

  • Andy Jackson Mar 10, 2016
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    Local School systems have a responsibility to manage funds MORE efficiently too. Instead of building these elaborate, million dollar foyers to a brick building...they need to bring it down a notch and reinvest that money into the classrooms. I've personally seen this happen in Wake County. Yes, everyone wants nice schools; but you don't have to build mansion-like entry ways, etc. There's room for improvement at all levels - local, state, and federal.

  • Wralfb Fbwral Mar 10, 2016
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    No taxpayer's wallet left behind unemptied

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Mar 10, 2016
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    I believe we need to over-haul our entire public education system. The US already spends the most per student in the industrialized world on education. And yet our children graduate at only 80%, and test lower than children from other countries. No doubt our teachers are totally inundated with work. Then add in special needs and/or non-English speaking children to the classroom, and it make it even more difficult. Kudos to those brave souls that teach our kids. But we need to be education our children smarter. For one, in a digital world, its appalling what we spend on textbooks.
    Just throwing more and more tax dollars at the problem is not the answer. People argue we spend too much on healthcare here in the US, and demand we overhaul it to make it more affordable. We need the same approach when we look to educate our children.