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Mary Altaffer, Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the Eagle Academy Foundation's annual fundraising breakfast, Friday, April 29, 2016, in New York.

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton says she wants a network of all-boys public schools in high-crime areas to "spread across America."

In midtown Manhattan, Clinton said she supports the expansion of Eagle Academies, which help thwart the "school-to-prison pipeline" for many boys of color.

Six Eagle Academies provide extended school days and mentorship opportunities for 2,500 students in New York and New Jersey. Last year, 88 percent of their high school seniors graduated.

Clinton is credited with helping the first Eagle Academy open in 2004 while she was a New York senator.

The Democratic presidential candidate spoke Friday at a fundraiser for the foundation that supports the six schools. She says many boys in inner city neighborhoods are left "feeling their futures are inevitable," which is "a rebuke to the American dream."