Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Flip: Hillary Supports Charter Schools – Flop: Hillary Opposes Charter Schools.

Hillary’s now flip-flopping so much, I can’t keep up.

After decades supporting charter schools, Clinton announced that she is opposed to them, towing the line of teachers unions, which have thrown their support behind her.

In South Carolina, Clinton argued that charter schools “don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or, if they do, they don’t keep them,” Politico is reporting.

This is a dramatic turnaround from her days as First lady and beyond. Husband Bill as president helped ignite the explosion of charter schools in the country. Back in 1998, Hillary said:

“Because we’re all here for one reason – we’re advocates of public education on behalf of our children – and we believe that every child can learn, every single child – that we do not have a child to waste and we cannot afford to write any child’s future off. And every child deserves a quality public education as part of their American birthright. We’re here because we believe that charter school can play a significant part in revitalizing and strengthening public schools today – by offering greater flexibility from bureaucratic rules, so that parents, teachers, and the community can design and run their own schools, and focus on setting goals and getting results.

The teachers unions didn’t like that, so now … Hillary is against charter schools:

The change in tone on charter schools mirrors other moves Clinton has made to nail down the support of liberal blocs in the face of the progressive challenge of Bernie Sanders, including her recent decision to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And like her reservations about free trade, her new rebuke of charter schools suggests she’ll be less willing to challenge core Democratic constituencies than either her husband or Obama.

Teachers unions have been early and enthusiastic supporters of Clinton. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, a noted opponent of many education reform efforts, is a longtime friend and informal adviser to her campaign. Unions say they aren’t anti-charter but often attack the schools, a majority of which employ teachers who aren’t unionized, accusing them of siphoning off money from traditional public schools.