Statements about Education

"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."

Pasco County "opened 22 new schools over six years to keep pace with growth in student population and implement the class size amendment."

Pasco County schools have graduation rates "substantially higher than the state average" and dropout rates "below the state average."

"Florida ranks 45th" in the nation for tuition.

"Right now, 50 percent of Florida students leaving high school cannot read at grade level."

"Nationwide tuition at public universities is up almost 300 percent ... in the last 20 years."

"91 percent of Latinos support the DREAM Act, which allows undocumented youth to attend college," but Marco Rubio opposes it.

There are 86 languages spoken at Miami Dade College.

"My recommended budget includes $1 billion in new state funding for education."

Says Anthropology is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field.

Slot machines in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have generated 20 percent of the promised $500 million per year for schools. 

Says U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner "cited his efforts to weaken pro-life and school choice legislation as unequivocal proof that he’s a moderate."

"The academic achievements of our student-athletes are mentioned in the same breath and spirit as Notre Dame and Stanford."

"Today we stand as the highest-performing urban school district in America." 

"Since 1990, in inflation-adjusted dollars, per-student funding of the (Florida) state university system from general revenue has dropped by about $4,000."

"Seven of the 10" school districts with the lowest graduation rate for African-American boys in the country are in Florida.

Says students who receive free or reduced lunch are "performing just as well" as students who do not.

Says Rick Scott's proposed budget "would lay off 20,000 teachers."

Says Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s cuts to education are the same as his proposed corporate income tax rate reduction.  

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