Statements about Education

"In the entire public school system in Camden last year, only three students graduated college ready."

"What do Rutgers University, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Stockton College, Rowan University and William Paterson all have in common? They all graduate less than 50 percent of their students within four years."

"In fact, there’s more state funding for education today than any other time."

"Violent crime is up since the last year of Sharpe James’ administration. This year it’s higher. … The unemployment rate is almost 15 percent. The high school dropout rate is over 50 percent."

Tuition at Rutgers has increased 10 percent since Gov. Chris Christie took office because he "cut funding for higher education."

"Trenton politicians cut $1.3 billion from education."

"To hear Gov. Christie tell it, everything in New Jersey is going just fine. Well I see another New Jersey with 400,000 unemployed. One of the worst jobless rates in the country. Working and middle class families have seen costs soar, from property taxes to college tuition."

"New Jersey's governor cut $1.6 billion from public education while handing out $2.1 billion in corporate tax breaks, more than the entire previous decade."

"Under Republican Governor Chris Christie, tolls cost more. Train and bus rides cost more. College tuition goes up. But Christie protected a tax cut for millionaires."

"Four balanced budgets in a row, with no new taxes for anyone. The best job growth in 12 years. Nearly 130,000 new private-sector jobs. Merit pay to reward New Jersey’s best teachers, and the most education funding ever."

"In 2011, our state-run lottery funded New Jersey classrooms by over $930 million."

"New Jersey is the only state in the union that spent less on higher education than it did at the beginning of the decade."

Says "about 100,000 kids in this country leave their home state and go to another state to be educated. Out of that 100,000 young people, 30,000 of them are from New Jersey, by far the largest amount."

Says New Jersey’s tenure law "has now been reformed to say that if teachers get two years of partially effective or ineffective ratings they lose tenure."

Says "tenure still exists but it's been overhauled" for teachers in New Jersey.

"Just in the past 10 years, college tuition has increased 28 percent."

Says Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal "would effectively double the interest paid out on existing and future student loans."

Says George Norcross said the "TAKEOVER OF RUTGER$ CAMDEN WILL COST NEW JER$EY BILLION$."

"To get out of the (teachers) union, you pay 85 percent of $731. Then you're out of the union, but you've got to pay it every year, also required by statute. That’s called a representation fee."

Says "New Jersey has the most educated population of all the states in this country."

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