Statements about Education
Says "I worked with our Mayor and other commissioners to help save the school year when a budget crisis in Salem threatened to cut four weeks of the school year," including negotiating with teachers to work for free.
Says "at the state level we're spending more on tax expenditures than we are on public safety, health care and education combined."
"Between 1982 and 2007 the cost of a college education increased 439 percent."
Says "if we raise the number of third-graders who read at a third-grade level, we affect everything, from graduation rates to incarceration rates."
Says 77 percent "of Portland's students finish elementary school without taking even one art class."
House Bill 2301 never had a public hearing
Per-student K-12 state funding for Portland Public Schools has dipped from $6,036 in the 2007-2008 school year to $5,644 in the 2010-2011 school year
"For every one ESD superintendent position, we can pay for three speech pathologists, or three special needs instructors, or three classroom teachers."
Undocumented students who qualify for in-state Oregon tuition are "actively working toward U.S. citizenship."
Says John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget for upcoming biennium represents 8 percent increase over last
"Governor’s proposed budget raids K-12 school funds to grow DHS again."
Says "every school will be negatively impacted" if Education Stability Fund is not tapped.
Says his state budget will "provide an increase in state funding
for the 2011-12 school year."
Portland Public Schools invites "well-paid, well-fed school bureaucrats, administrators, teachers, other staff, non-needy students, affluent parents of students, and other adults, including on the other extreme the adult homeless, illegal aliens, fanatical Muslim terrorists, or drug addicted street people, to enjoy cheap breakfasts in taxpayer-paid school facilities amidst school children."
Mt. Hood Community College is No. 1 on average and top faculty pay and benefits.
Last year, Beaverton School District had the highest number of homeless students ever recorded in Oregon.
Rebuilding three high schools will benefit 40 percent of Portland Public School students.
Portland Community College serves more students than all of the state’s universities combined.
Says Oregon ranks 43rd in education.
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