Statements about Education

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."

"Mayor Fung wants to punish our children's education by removing 12 million dollars from current funding to pay for his private charter school. Your taxes would increase by between 6 and 8 percent per year."

A national study of 2,500 charter schools shows that "maybe 20 percent do better than the community public schools, 40 percent or so do worse and the rest are not having any significant difference."

Central Falls "schools are overfunded by state money by as much as $8 million."

The Central Falls School system "spent $100,000 on a time clock."

The Providence teacher contract "is one of the longest in the country."

"Illegal aliens cost the state of Rhode Island $400 million a year."

"Every dropout costs us $72,000 for the life of that person."

Providence teachers "can go five or six years without an evaluation."

Says Lincoln Chafee "settled a union strike by giving the teachers a 19-percent-raise."

For every $1 spent on afterschool programs, "we can save over $5, almost $6, in crime costs down the line."

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