Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hillary Clinton Addresses American Federation of Teachers (7/18/16)

As Republicans began their national convention in Cleveland Monday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was in Minneapolis talking to teachers.

Clinton highlighted her priorities for public education during the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers. But her speech to an overwhelmingly supportive audience also triggered a brief protest.

Clinton received an enthusiastic welcome from members of the teachers' union that endorsed her presidential candidacy a year ago. The Minneapolis Convention Center crowd then grew quiet when she began reflecting on recent "difficult days" marked by the shooting deaths of police officers and young black men.

But with an audience of teachers, Clinton spent most of her time talking about her plans for public schools. She supports universal preschool, community schools that offer social services to needy students, more computer science instruction and greater broadband access. Clinton said she wants to "elevate" the teaching profession with more resources and higher pay.

"When I am president, you will have a partner in the White House, and you will always have a seat at the table."

The AFT was the first national union to endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. The union represents 1.6 million teachers.
Watch the full speech above.

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