Teachers' union endorses Hillary Clinton, but her positions on education issues remain murky
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton snagged the Democratic primary endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers on Saturday, but the question remains: Where does she stand on the seismic education issues of today? School choice, standardized testing, vouchers? As Ferris Bueller’s teacher asked: Anyone? Anyone?
The 1.6 million-member AFT is the first national union to announce its endorsement. The union said it will be “engaging and mobilizing” its members and supporters to “reclaim the promise of America” by helping Clinton get the nomination next year.
It’s not surprising that the AFT national membership backed Clinton…she also got the nod over Barack Obama back in 2008. President Randi Weingarten and the Clintons also have a long and strong relationship.
But for someone who is promising to put education “at the heart of my campaign,” as she told the AFT, the former First Lady is extremely reluctant to talk specifics. Her campaign website barely mentions education, and that’s to touch on the issue of sky-high student debt. She promises that “we will—finally and forever—make college affordable and available.”Teachers' union endorses Hillary Clinton, but her positions on education issues remain murky: