Statements about Education
Then-Gov. Carl Sanders put 56 percent of the state budget into education, a figure that has not been achieved since.
"Schools in some states are spending up to 100 days a year doing test-prep or actual testing."
"Every dollar we invested in high-quality, early education programs can save more than $7 later on by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing crime."
State support for local schools per pupil has decreased by at least 25 percent over the past decade.
High school students arrested on campus are twice as likely not to graduate and four times less likely to graduate if they’ve appeared in court.
Says Georgia will send more state money per child to state charter schools and that budget cuts are not applied to those charter schools.
"Clayton County Public Schools recently achieved a milestone that has eluded other
metropolitan districts across the state" by meeting federal guidelines for having a highly qualified staff.
On supporting the charter school amendment.
"We have reduced funding for education the least. They've suffered the least cuts."
Before the HOPE scholarship, "70 percent of the high school students who made 1400 or above on their SAT left the state of Georgia. Now, 70 percent of those stay in the state of Georgia."
Georgia’s HOPE scholarship is "still the richest scholarship program in America."
"[W]hen adjusted for cost of living, Georgia ranks first nationally in teacher salary and benefits."
Siemens has been unable to fill approximately 200 skilled trade positions in metro Atlanta.
"Most of, if not all of, the [DeKalb school construction] projects always came in on or were under budget."
Says the unemployment rate for college graduates is 4.4 percent and over 10 percent for noncollege-educated.
"By fiscal year 2013, the state is expected to wipe through [HOPE scholarship] reserve funds."
In Georgia, "hard-earned lottery dollars are doled out to the scion[s] of wealthy families."
Gains in Atlanta Public Schools scores on a national standardized test lend credence to "dramatic" score increases on state tests.
"The United States death rate is two-and-a-half times higher for those who do not have a high school education."
"Recent international reports show the United States near the bottom among industrialized nations for k-12 academic achievement."
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