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Bill Clinton, JD Biography

42nd President of the United States
Pro to the question "Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?"

“I believe we should give strong support to school districts that decide to require young students to wear school uniforms. We’ve all seen the tragic headlines screaming of the death of a teenager who was killed for a pair of sneakers or jewelry or a designer jacket. In Detroit, a 15-year-old boy was shot for his $86 basketball shoes. In Fort Lauderdale, a 15-year-old student was robbed of his jewelry. Just this past December in Oxon Hill, Maryland, a 17-year-old honor student was killed at a bus stop, caught in the crossfire during the robbery of another student’s designer jacket.

School uniforms are one step that may be able to help break this cycle of violence, truancy, and disorder by helping young students to understand that what really counts is what kind of people they are, what’s on the inside, to remember that what they’re doing at school is working, not showing off their own clothes or envying another student’s clothes…

If it means teenagers will stop killing each other over designer jackets, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms. If it means that the schoolrooms will be more orderly, more disciplined, and that our young people will learn to evaluate themselves by what they are on the inside instead of what they’re wearing on the outside, then our public schools should be able to require their students to wear school uniforms.”

“The President’s Radio Address,” American Presidency Project website, Feb. 24, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • UN Special Envoy to Haiti, 2009-present
  • Co-Founder, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (with 43rd US President George W. Bush)
  • UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, 2005-2007
  • Founder, William J. Clinton Foundation (renamed in 2013 as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation), 2001
  • 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
  • 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
  • Former Co-Chair (with Nelson Mandela and Tony Blair), Advisory Board, International AIDS Trust
  • 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
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Nov. 20, 2013
  • Recipient, GLAAD (formerly the (formerly Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Advocate for Change Award, 2013
  • Recipient, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Prize, 2007
  • Recipient, J. William Fulbright Prize, 2006
  • Recipient, Grammy Award, 2004 (spoken word for children category) and 2005 (spoken word category)
  • Has one daughter, Chelsea, born on Feb. 27, 1980
  • Married Hillary Rodham on Oct. 11, 1975
  • Born William Jefferson Blythe III on Aug. 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas
  • Twitter handle: @billclinton
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?