Statements about Education

Atlanta Public Schools’ 2011 CRCT tests were "given under the strictest security possible."

"The state of Georgia is near the bottom among states for SAT scores and graduation rates."

"95 percent of teachers and principals are not implicated in the [Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal] report at all."

"The [Georgia] General Assembly took away the Atlanta Board of Education’s oversight of the superintendent."

Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall left the school district "significantly better than she found it."

"We have the best schools in the United States."

"The Georgia Lottery Corp. has only once in the past 16 years paid out the agreed upon 35 percent of proceeds to the account which funds the HOPE scholarship."

"It is a fact that it costs more to run the schools in August."

The HOPE scholarship "has helped turn our University System into one of the best in the Southeast, with two institutions ranked in the top 20 of public universities in the country."

"Georgia still has one of the richest programs in terms of scholarships for students to go to college."

An illegal immigrant who gains admission at a public college takes class space away from students who are legal residents.

Georgia's high school graduation rate topped 80 percent in 2010.

"We refused to balance the budget on the backs of our children."

"I have given $30,000 of my unused travel expenses over the years to supplement the school system's general budget."

Roy Barnes "made Georgia dead last in education" and Georgia "led the nation in job losses."

"Barnes opposed the creation of the HOPE Scholarship and campaigned against Zell Miller on the issue."

Says he "fought against $3 billion in cuts to public education since 2003."

Georgia could get money for schools by scraping “the gold off the gold dome” of the state Capitol.

Georgia has "a dropout rate that’s higher" than Alabama's.

"Our school test scores are right at the bottom."

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