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The real improvements to education in Arkansas were accomplished under his predecessor, Democrat Dale Bumpers. Bumpers pushed through a tax increase that really paid dividends when agriculture boomed back then. Bumpers laid the financial foundation for a solid K-college education system in the state - brought Arkansas from the '30s to the '70s in four years. Too bad he never ran for president.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Jun 8th, 2016 at 11:50:40 PM EST
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Yes, Dale was the man who got it rolling; Clinton was just more than happy to take credit for the results a decade after the work was done.  As nearly as I can figure, there were two reasons he always turned down a presidential run: no desire to run a national campaign, and the unions didn't like him.
by rifek on Thu Jun 9th, 2016 at 03:59:44 PM EST
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