|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.