Statements about Education

"Greg Abbott said it would be a ‘waste’ to expand pre-k to all Texas children."

Says 85 percent of IDEA charter-school students come from low-income families and about 99 percent of its graduates go to college.

"I started the whole year" as a senior on the University of Illinois football team and "led the team in interceptions and tackles from defensive back."

Greg Abbott defended more than $5 billion in public school funding cuts in fighting hundreds of school districts in court.

"I have cut taxes 63 times, including a 2006 property tax reduction that ranks as the largest in state history."

"All" University of Texas "student-athletes get an iPad."

The University of Texas is starting "the first medical school at a major Tier One" university "in the last 50 years."

I am "the only candidate for lieutenant governor to oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants."

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1982 that non-citizen children must get free K-12 education.

According to an article in the Economist magazine, Americans are "guaranteed" to live above the poverty line if they graduate from high school, keep their first job for over a year and get and stay married.

Pending a federal waiver, the 2013 Legislature "eliminated the overtesting of students in grades 3-8 by decreasing the number of tests from 17 to 8."

"60 percent of Texas 8th graders are not proficient in math. Only 26% have a teacher with a undergraduate major in math."  

Says some Austin school district classrooms lack electrical outlets.

"Texas ranks: #1 in worker deaths, #1 carbon emissions, #50 in high school graduates, #50 in funding for mental health patients."

Says student loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent July 1.

Says 13 Texas universities "have announced or implemented a $10,000 degree."

"We have one charter school that for seven years has been rated unacceptable."

Says only 25 percent of Texas high school students graduate prepared for college or careers.

Says Texas high school graduates must pass Algebra II to be eligible for automatic admission to state's public universities.

Says that under Rick Perry’s plan, "Texas has cut funding for public schools by 25%."

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