Statements about Education

"The budget I managed at the Department of Education was more than $60 million."

"Test scores had gone up steadily for 40 years until No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top."    

The highest paid employee of the State of Rhode Island is a basketball coach.

Salaries for URI faculty are second to last among New England land grant universities and in lowest 20 percent of major U.S. research institutions

"The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan office, did an analysis and said that passing comprehensive immigration reform will reduce the federal deficit by $200 billion over the next decade."

"The average student comes out of college hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt."

"The UK has an unarmed police force and a firearm fatality rate that is 40 times lower per capita than in the U.S."

When the NECAP proficiency test is re-given to the kids the second and third time, harder questions are taken out.

When students leave our high schools and they go to the community college, 70-75 percent of them have to pay to take remedial math.

"Do you know that, statistically, when you take the SAT a second time, one third of the people that take the SAT, even if they've been studying, will get a lower score than they did the first time around?"

In annual surveys of Rhode Island communities that receive Drug Free community grants, many report that more than 50 percent of youth surveyed do not think daily marijuana use poses any serious risk of harm.

Employers and schools have no right to conduct "surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle."

"The amount of money that we put into running our own state legislature is nearly as much as we put into the University of Rhode Island."

Says that as Providence’s mayor, David Cicilline said the city had a "world-class … school system. Not only did Providence not have a world-class school system but as measured, was amongst the last school system in the entire country."

"In the state of Rhode Island 25 percent of our current physicians are graduates of for-profit medical schools."

"When these [undocumented] students graduate from college, they're still illegal aliens. They cannot get a job."

"We have to recognize that our salaries for faculty are the lowest in New England with the exception of the University of Maine."

Says his reform efforts improved performance at all 10 low-performing schools in Palm Beach, Florida.

"This is the only state in the country that bypassed the General Assembly to authorize [in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants]."

Says when Rhode Island Lottery was proposed, "state residents were enticed to vote for it with the promise that the money would be used for education." 

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