Presidential Candidates And Charter Schools

In The News

July 3, 2007

A friend emailed to ask why I wasn’t making a bigger deal over the fact that many of the Democratic presidential hopefuls are supporters of public charter schools. Yes:

— Sen. Hillary Clinton has said many times (including during her speech at Pander-palooza ’07 yesterday) that she is a strong supporter of charter schools and public school choice.

— New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson told a crowd at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials con-fab that he supports charter schools.

— Sen. Barack Obama frequently notes (including once at a fundraiser I attended for him at Steven Gluckstern’s house in Manhattan) that he was one of the strongest supporters of charter schools when he was in the Illinois legislature.