Statements about Education
"We are 49th in the nation for our graduation rate"
"Did you know that in 2013 over 50 percent of all babies born in Oregon were Hispanic?"
"In Oregon, students are skipping math class to learn about the Bible."
Says administrator salaries were increased, "but other school employees were left behind."
"Things like … having Friday classes have been shown to be very effective on college campuses" in reducing drinking.
"The city of Portland has won more national Constitution contests than any city in America."
Half of Oregon university students are on Pell Grants.
Says "in Oregon today, the average debt upon college graduation is more than $24,000."
Says proposed teacher contract "would layer on more restrictive rules."
Says a group "estimates that the annual cost to Oregon taxpayers for government services to illegal aliens, after any income tax revenue from them, is $1 billion."
Says, "Oregon has the third largest class size in the nation."
Says "Did you know that if you accepted the District's proposal today you would have NO pay increase for 4 years? Seven years of frozen wages = Disrespect."
Says "$1,100 of the tuition paid by every Oregon university student annually goes just to pay the costs of PERS."
Says "PPS employees have paid their own PERS contributions for many years."
Says we will pay the new chancellor "a basic salary of nearly $300,000 a year ... an amount that does not include the costs of this public employee’s benefits, perks and living expenses for a lavish house, an upscale car, a spending allowance, and fine dining almost every day on the taxpayer dollar."
Says "in this next biennium, the cost of primary and secondary education is going to increase by more that $1000 per student. Half of that $1000 – $500 per student – is accounted for by the increased cost of PERS alone."
"It costs $10,000 a year to keep a child in school; it costs $30,000 a year to keep someone in prison."
Says "last year the graduation rate for our combined six-district footprint jumped 5.5 percent."
Says the state is required "pick up 70 percent of the cost" of K-12 education.
Says Julie Parrish "voted to divert $160 million from public schools to private for-profit schools."
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