Clinton: I “Wouldn’t Keep Any School Open That Wasn’t Doing A Better Than Average Job”

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.

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4 Responses to Clinton: I “Wouldn’t Keep Any School Open That Wasn’t Doing A Better Than Average Job”

  1. daveburton says:

    Did you notice the man in the checkered shirt in the background?

    When Hillary said, “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,” most of the audience didn’t react. But the guy in the checkered shirt did. His jaw literally dropped, and he looked at the children on each side of him, as if to say, “can you believe what that bimbo just said?” Then he visibly sighed.

    Here’s a longer transcript of her remarks. (The part in the video clip is bold.)

    I’m also going to do everything I can to defend education, and to make it clear that the best way to improve elementary and secondary education is to actually listen to the teachers and educators who are in the classrooms with our students and not scapegoat them and treat them like they don’t have any contribution to make.

    And I want to say a word about small rural schools like this one. Because I know that was the original reason that you all got so excited and why you were stalking presidential candidates. And I don’t blame you. And I actually looked up some numbers.

    You know, Iowa has one of the best education systems in the country, and has had for a long time. And I believe, since I grew up in Illinois, we used to take a test they called the Iowa Basic Test, we used to take that test all the time. I wasn’t happy about it. But we did it because your education system was viewed as one of the best in the country. And your students have I think the second-highest ACT scores in the country. And I looked at the average of what Iowa students have, which is higher than the national average. This school’s students are higher than the Iowa average.

    And so for the life of me, I don’t understand why your state government — and I know Governor Brandstad vetoed the money that would’ve come to help this school, and it was a bipartisan agreement. You know those are hard to come by these days. You had a bipartisan agreement in your legislature for more one-time student funding to help deal with some of the financial challenges that districts like this one have.

    And Governor Brandstad vetoed it. Yet at the same time you have these laws which require if you have a deficit you may not be able to be a school district. It doesn’t make sense to me. When you, when you, something is not broke, don’t break it. Right?

    And this school district, and these schools throughout Iowa, are doing a better than average job. 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.

    So the federal government doesn’t have a whole lot to do with this, this is mostly state and local decision-making. Very little, less than ten percent, I think maybe seven percent or so, of the money that’s used to run schools in Iowa comes from the federal government. So therefore this is primarily a state issue.

    But as president what I’m looking for are schools that exceed expectations. And I don’t care whether they’re urban, suburban, or rural. And where there are small districts like this one, I know you’ve got online opportunities, and maybe there should be exploration about how you can also share teachers and all the rest of it.

    But I am very partial toward districts that are doing well. And from everything I can tell, this one is.

    I think this is strange. Hillary has always been crooked, but she didn’t used to be stupid. I wonder if that severe concussion she suffered might have caused permanent, mild, cognitive impairment.

  2. Can we include private schools in the average? Then almost every public school would be closed.

  3. xtron says:

    close schools that are “below average”???? not likely…wht is more likely is that “average” will be lowered to 45%…or 30%….or what ever is necessary for the unions and the other eduleeches to clame success….and demand more $$$$

  4. You’re right xtron. 🙂

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