Statements about Education

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.

"Tennessee students now cover about 67 percent of the cost of their education at public universities, and some 60 percent at community colleges."

Says Tennessee is providing "millions of dollars" to virtual school company for "results at the bottom of the bottom."

"From a standpoint of the county government, neither school system has received an increase in funding over the past six years."

"After one year, Tennessee’s students made their biggest single-year jump in achievement ever recorded in the state."

"I didn’t try to push" a bill to reduce lottery scholarship proceeds for students.

Says Mitt Romney has said "we don't need 'more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.' "

Says "we are overcharging students . . . to help pay for the health care law."

On allowing Shelby County's schools merger commission to finish work before allowing any new merger legislation.

"We will not ask for a tax increase to run city government."

"Shelby County donated – I’m sorry, gave – 44 schools to the city of Memphis."

AIDS was transmitted to humans because "one guy" had sex with "a monkey" and then started "having sex with men."

The education tax burden for Shelby County -- and Tennessee -- is "one of the lowest in the country."

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