Statements about Children
Says it's "estimated that 300 babies a year are sent home from the hospital with an unrecognized congenital heart defect; it is the most common birth defect in America."
Says paid family leave is "a program that is standard in all but five nations around the world."
"70,000 three-year-olds and four-year-olds across America will lose access to the preschool Head Start program. ... 2,000 in the state of Florida alone."
"Two years ago Providence alone spent $50,000 a year notifying the school department" about residents in the state's sex offender registry.
In Cranston, it costs $5,000 to $6,000 to send out community notifications on just one Level 3 sex offender.
Says that under Rick Perry’s plan, "Texas has cut funding for public schools by 25%."
Says that in 2007, "Oregon ranked 25th -- or 7th from the bottom -- in percentage of children with untreated decay compared to 32 other states with similar data."
"Well over 90 percent of felony cases, all over the nation, are committed by defendants who grew up in father-absent households."
Says Texas lawmakers in 2011 ordered school districts to test every student on their respiratory system and weight.
Wisconsin education agency "urged white students to wear white wristbands ‘as a reminder about your (white) privilege.’ "
Assertions that it makes no difference whether children are raised by heterosexual or homosexual parents have been "shattered by the latest and best social science and research."
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.
"Very few men outlive their own fertility."
"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?"
Says indoor workers get "less UV than outdoor workers, but they get more melanomas."
Says "Studies show the average age of entry into prostitution is 12 to 14 years old."
Says if Congress doesn’t avoid the sequester, "tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids."
If the sequester hits, "hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings."
"Every dollar we invested in high-quality, early education programs can save more than $7 later on by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing crime."
"Lots of studies seem to indicate that minors find it very easy to get marijuana, easier than to get alcohol."
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