Statements about Education

"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%."

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

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."

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

"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.

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