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Bill Clinton, JD Biography

42nd President of the United States
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“[Test results] give us a road map to higher performance. In no other country in the world did performance in math drop from above average in 4th grade to below average in 8th grade… We know we’ll have to hold all of our students to higher standards as they grow older and measure the schools and the students against the standards…

This ought to be a clear challenge to every single state that has not yet come forward to agree to participate in the national standards movement and the test in 1999 that they ought to do it. We don’t have to hide anymore, we don’t have to be afraid of the results anymore. We’re not trying to punish anybody; we’re trying to lift the children of this country up…”

Speech on national education standards, US National Archives website (transcript), June 10, 1997

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • UN Special Envoy to Haiti, 2009-present
  • Co-Founder, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (with 43rd US President George W. Bush)
  • Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Board, International AIDS Trust
  • UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, 2005-2007
  • Co-Founder (with US Senator Bob Dole), Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, 2001
  • 42nd President of the United States, 1993-2001
  • Governor of Arkansas, 1979-1981, 1983-1992
  • Former Chair, Democratic Leadership Council, 1990
  • Chair, National Governors Association, 1986-1987
  • Attorney General for Arkansas, 1976-1978
  • Law Professor, University of Arkansas, 1973-1976
  • Congressional candidate (unsuccessful), Arkansas’s Third District, 1974
  • Helped to manage presidential candidate George McGovern’s Texas campaign, 1972
  • JD, Yale University, 1973
  • Rhodes Scholarship, Oxford University, 1968-1972
  • BSFS (Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service), Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1968
  • Attended Arkansas Boys State
  • Attended Hot Springs High School (AR)
  • Legal name is William Jefferson Clinton
  • Married Hillary Rodham on Oct. 11, 1975
  • Has one daughter, Chelsea, born on Feb. 27, 1980
  • Born William Jefferson Blythe III on Aug. 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?