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Hillary Clinton Focuses on Public Education in Advertisement for Arizona Airwaves

Hillary Clinton Focuses on Public Education in Advertisement for Arizona Airwaves

As Hillary Clinton hopes to secure votes ahead of Arizona’s Presidential Preference election, she debuted a 30-second advertisement on the state’s airwaves that focused on improving its public education.

“Together we can break down barriers for our kids so they get the education they deserve no matter what zip code they live in,” Clinton says in a clip for the ad.

The advertisement points out that Arizona ranks 45th in the nation in funding per student, and Hillary says she plans to address this by investing in universal preschool, great teachers, and “college without crushing debt.”

When Politifact.com sought to fact check Hillary’s claims, they found her to be correctly citing an Education Week report that ranks states’ education funding based on a number of measures.

When Arizona’s State Board of Education was asked for comment, Arizona School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Ogle called the state’s lack of investment in human capital a “sad reality.”

Though education gets discussed minimally in presidential elections, Clinton has discussed the issue and her beliefs on several occasions.

Aside from her intention to focus on universal preschool, she’s also said she intends to focus on fixing issues with disciplinary measures in schools to combat the school-to-prison pipeline and wants to promote longer school days and years to provide disadvantaged students with extra instructional time.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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