Statements about Education

"Private prison systems are calculating how many new beds (they will need) based on the ... number of third graders."

"More than half of last year's U.S. college graduates are unemployed or underemployed."

In Miami-Dade County, "we spend at our school system over $20 million every year" educating recent immigrants.

"70,000 three-year-olds and four-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start program. ... 2,000 in the state of Florida alone."

Says Gov. Rick Scott allowed Republican legislators to cut his teacher pay raise proposal by 60 percent.

"Every Florida teacher gets a pay raise."

"The average student in Florida, what they actually pay out of pocket at our major universities" for tuition is as much or less than what they spend on cellphones.

College students "who are NOT U.S. Citizens and who get the PELL Grant" plan to return to their home countries after getting free gas cards and child care.

"This (parent trigger) legislation was drafted by President Obama's top advisers. It was drafted by President Clinton’s top advisers."

Says Rick Scott called education not a "core function" of the state.

Says his proposed education spending "is the highest state funding level in Florida history."

Says his budget provides "the highest state funding level in history" for education.

Says a recent study shows Florida students are second in the world in fourth grade reading, behind Singapore.

Says Obama doubled funding for the Pell Grant.

President Obama’s education "solution" includes an effort to "nationalize curriculum."

Says Ron Saunders "made the choice to stand with Rick Scott" on expanding school vouchers, restricting scholarships and giving tax breaks to the wealthy.

FCAT tests "account for less than 1 percent of the instructional time provided during the year."  

The congressional district for Miami-Dade and Broward counties has a "staggering drop-out rate of almost 61 percent."

"The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department ... Meanwhile, the athletic budget for the current year is $97.7 million, an increase of more than $2 million from last year."

Says U.S. Rep. Connie Mack "took seven and a half years to finish college."

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