Beltway Happenings
April 27, 2007--The morning after the first Democratic debate in South Carolina, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) fit in a speech to NYSUT's annual convention in Washington, DC.  "Our schools are structured pretty much the way they were when I was going to school," Clinton noted.  She recalled her work in the early 1970s.  "I've been thinking about these questions ever since I worked for the Children's Defense Fund and as a young lawyer went door to door looking for children who were missing."  Clinton said many of these were children with disabilities whom the schools did not want.  "We promised that the federal government would pay 40 percent of the cost of special education, and we've never gotten close," Clinton said.  "When I'm president our schools will once again be at the top of our national agenda," Clinton declared.  "I want to start by making pre-school available to all the children who need it in order to prepare them to be successful in school," she said to applause. 
According to the NYSUT website: NYSUT is a federation of more than 1,200 local unions comprising about 585,000 active and retired members who work in New York's schools and colleges; it includes the United Federation of Teachers, which represents more that 140,000 teachers and school employees in New York City.  NYSUT is affiliated with the AFT and the NEA.

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