Statements about Education

Says state’s mandated tests come from an English company.

Says opponents of proposed Austin school district bonds say the district’s "debt load doubles with these new bonds."

Says proponents of a bond package for the Austin school district say the district has the second-lowest bond tax rate "among the Central Texas area school districts."

"Texas ranks 49th in per-pupil funding among the states."

Says 315,000 mostly minority Texas students are enrolled in failing schools.

Says Texas ranks 49th nationally in "what we are doing to support our per-pupil investment in education in the state."

Says Texas "school systems" lose 45 days a year on testing.

Says Texas lawmakers in 2011 ordered school districts to test every student on their respiratory system and weight.

Says the president of the University of Texas has raised four-year student graduation rates to 75 percent.

Says 100,000 are on waiting list to attend Texas charter schools.

Comic strip says government study shows Head Start "has little or no impact on the children it’s supposed to help."

Says Texas high school "graduation rates are at an all-time high—the third-highest in the nation—which represents a significant turnaround from just a few short years ago."

Says Texas ranks last in the percentage of residents with high school diplomas.

"Approximately 43 percent of all college grades today are A's, an increase of 28 percentage points since 1960."

Says Texas public school funding grew three times the rate of enrollment from 2002 to 2012.

Says that under Texas law, it takes six years to close a failing school.

Says Massachusetts has three state-mandated student tests and Finland just one.

"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 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.

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