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Hillary Clinton eats lunch at Lexington school, 1992

Posted on May 14, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Tiffany Jackson listened as Hillary Clinton told a story during lunch at Lexington’s Arlington Elementary School on May 14, 1992. Clinton was in town to campaign for her husband, Bill, while getting a firsthand look at the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act in action. “I have followed the reform act from afar for a number of years and have been very impressed and encouraged by what I have seen. I have been particularly pleased at the emphasis on early childhood education, ” she said. “No state that I’m aware of has done as much as Kentucky has.” Arlington Elementary had put into practice many aspects of the education reform act, including school-based decision-making councils, a family resource center, preschool programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, and a system where pupils weren’t separated into grades during their first four years of school. During a lunch of sausage pizza and mixed vegetables, Clinton talked with pupils about ungraded classrooms. “I was in a mixed class myself, second and third grade,” she said. The more advanced children would have an opportunity to help their classmates. She laughed, told stories and entertained the 11 children at her table for nearly half an hour. “I’d love to go down to the deepest, deepest, darkest part of the ocean and see what it’s like down there,” she said. At the time of this picture, her husband was the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. He would go one to become the 42nd president of the United States. Several months before this picture, Bill was in Frankfort campaigning. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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