U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, addressed the National Education Association's convention in Philadelphia earlier this week. http://www.nysun.com/article/57753 She softened her support for charter schools, having learned a lesson in 1999 http://www.eiaonline.com/archives/19990705.htm when her statements supporting charter schools met with dead silence from the 15,000 in attendance.
According to the New York Sun:
The former first lady took a more nuanced position on charter schools. "We've got to experiment. We've got to try different approaches," she said. But she added: "We also have to be sure that charter schools do not drain the financial resources from public schools." Mrs. Clinton's rhetoric matches that of the NEA and many teachers' unions, which have embraced limited numbers of charter schools as long as they are held to the same standards as public schools.