Clinton’s Ed Views More Aligned With Unions

Hillary Clinton’s views on education seem to be more in line with teacher union officials’ agendas than Barack Obama’s.  Libby Nelson has the story on

Obama has picked fights with teachers unions by promoting the Common Core, charter schools, and merit pay for teachers. Clinton has a better relationship with unions who either oppose those policies or are concerned about how they’re being implemented.

“I think she’s going to be different,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers union. “It doesn’t mean she’s going to agree or disagree.” But she suggested Clinton’s point of view on some issues might align more closely with her own: “What we’ve learned about her in all these years is she understands teachers are really important to kids.”

So while Clinton will lay out themes and messages that sound a lot like Obama’s on many issues, there is room for substantive difference on education. A Clinton presidency could mean a significant shift in policy away from the Obama administration’s aggressive reforms.