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What Did Trump and Clinton Say About School Choice at Conventions?

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When it comes to school choice, Demcratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump sounded different themes in their comments to delegates to their recent national parties' conventions last month.

In his accepance speech in Cleveland, Trump said: "We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice," according to Alyson Klein in Education Week's Politics K12 blog about his July 21 acceptance speech.

Clinton, on the other hand, said in her Philadelphia convention speech that she would to build a country where parents can "send their kids to a good school no matter what ZIP code you live in," according to Andrew Ujifusa in the Politics K12 blog about Clinton's July 29 speech. He pointed out that it's a line from the National Education Association.

While education was not a major topic at the Republican National Convention, school choice was the main issue that was touched on. See a blog post by Arianna Prothero in the Charters and Choice blog.

At the Democratic National Convention, the focus often turned to Clinton's child advocacy work earlier in her career, especially in a speech by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as well as her universal preschool proposal.

Compare where both Trump and Clinton stand on education issues.

See ongoing coverage of the 2016 Campaign in Education Week. 

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