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.

  1. Sarah says:

    Clinton will support anything that will help him meet the bottom line of enjoying profits from all his investment deals in these private corporations that are running these charter schools…Clinton is heavily invested in these corporations…This man left the WH flat broke and busted with massive legal fees to payoff all the lawyers for all the investigations. and lawsuits he had during his eight years in the WH, now he’s a millionaire several times over, ask yourself where did he get this money? These people are not interested in our children getting an education, we the parents should be interested in seeing our children are properly educated…If the public school systems are not doing the job, them we as parents need to form co-ops and do the job ourselves… We the parents should always be the first teachers to our children and not expect the people who oppressed us, to turn around and teach our children to out perform their children, it will never happen…

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