Statements about Education
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."
"Rhode Island is the only state where officers at state-supported [colleges] carry out their duties unarmed."
"We aren't the only state cutting back on public television."
"In Connecticut and New York, students at Achievement First schools consistently outperform city and statewide averages."
"The reality is that we have roughly 15,000 undocumented immigrants living in the state..."
"[Federal] law says that you can't give in-state tuition to an illegal alien … unless you first offer it to any other student regardless of their state of residence."
"In 1976, the first year that Pell Grants were fully funded, a full Pell Grant paid 72 percent of the cost of attendance at a typical four-year public college. Today, a full Pell Grant covers just 34 percent of those costs.
"This year, the Blackstone Valley Mayoral Academy became the first public school in Rhode Island history to have 100 percent of its elementary-age students proficient in reading on state assessments."
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