Former President Clinton Supports Charter Schools

ATLANTA (WAOK/AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says charter schools put public education in the “future business” by preparing children, no matter where they live, for college.

Clinton spoke Tuesday in Atlanta at the annual National Charter Schools Conference, the largest gathering of charter school advocates in the nation. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington, D.C.-based National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

The conference drew about 4,000 people from across the country.

Other speakers at the conference included Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker.

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