Statements about Education
Says "last year the graduation rate for our combined six-district footprint jumped 5.5 percent."
Among Milwaukee Public Schools students, "86 percent are behind in reading and 80 percent are behind in math."
Says that under Texas law, it takes six years to close a failing school.
"Faculty salaries at UW System institutions have now fallen more than 18 percent below the national average."
"The average kid comes out of Virginia colleges with about $25,000-plus in debt."
"One out of every four students fails to earn a high school diploma. In our major cities across America, half of our kids don’t graduate."
Says Massachusetts has three state-mandated student tests and Finland just one.
Says state schools superintendent candidate Don Pridemore "voted for the largest cuts to public education in our state history" and for "$2.3 billion in tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy."
"The poverty level in" the Dallas school district "is one of the highest in the country, higher than New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit and Newark."
Says he first unveiled his new legislative agenda in Wisconsin, not in California as critics complain
Says the state is required "pick up 70 percent of the cost" of K-12 education.
"In 2011, our state-run lottery funded New Jersey classrooms by over $930 million."
Says the state of Texas rates as "unacceptable" almost 500 of the state's 8,000 public schools.
Says that over the past 20 years, Texas public school spending rose 142 percent and per-pupil spending more than tripled when adjusted for inflation.
Says Tennessee’s higher education funding model "is 100 percent outcomes-based" and "we are already seeing this model changing the way our postsecondary institutions do business."
Says that "Tennessee law requires that schools receive half of proceeds -- $31 million per year" -- from a half-cent increase in the Shelby County sales tax.
Says Ovide Lamontagne wants to eliminate kindergarten.
Says opponent Chad Chadwell "wants condom techniques demonstrated to your children."
Says Mitt Romney’s plan makes "catastrophic cuts to education."
"We’re talking right now about a $12 billion hole in our current, so-called balanced" state "budget."
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