Statements about Education

"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.

Says opponent Chad Chadwell "wants condom techniques demonstrated to your children."

"We’re talking right now about a $12 billion hole in our current, so-called balanced" state "budget."

Says fewer than 30 percent of Texas college students graduate in four years and only 58 percent graduate within six years.

Says the University of Texas can afford to build a medical school because it has a $7 billion endowment and its football program had a $50 million profit last year.

"We confer more PhDs each year than any other university in America except Berkeley."  

Says Texas lawmakers last year expanded public education’s share of state spending.

Says Ted Cruz "has pledged to eliminate" the U.S. Department of Education, which would end federal aid to college students.

Says a voter-adopted constitutional amendment "instructed" a state board headed by Jerry Patterson to put $300 million in investment earnings into a fund supporting public school operations.  

Says "if current trends continue, by 2040, one out of three Texas workers will not have a high school diploma."  

Says most Texas schools spend 45 out of 180 school days in mandated testing.

Says a portfolio managed by the Texas General Land Office earned 22 percent last year while the state’s emergency reserve account experienced a 1 percent gain.  

Says Texas is 1st in business climate, 49th in education.

Says Texas GOP platform calls for end to teaching "critical thinking" in public schools.

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