Hillary Clinton has the support of powerful teachers’ unions, but they may not like what she just said at an Iowa school on Tuesday.
Speaking at Keota Junior-Senior High School in Keota, Iowa, Clinton said that underperforming schools would be closed under her administration.
“This school district and these schools throughout Iowa are doing a better-than-average job,” Clinton said. “Now, I wouldn’t keep any school open that wasn’t doing a better-than-average job. If a school’s not doing a good job, then, you know, that may not be good for the kids, but when you have a district that is doing a good job, it seems kind of counterproductive to impose financial burdens on it.”
By Clinton’s logic, about 50 percent of the schools in the United States would be shuttered as a result of this policy.
Clinton, who once supported charter schools, has come out against them in her 2016 presidential campaign and has won support from teachers’ unions opposed to education reform efforts. Unions, among other reasons, dislike charter schools for not hiring unionized teachers.