Statements about Education
"Of our 98,000 teachers who are K-12, over 53,000 of those teachers today are over 50 years old."
"Collectively states are spending more on Medicaid than they do on K-12 education."
"The brutal fact is, when it comes to education, America is slipping" behind other nations.
Virginia "spends less per student today than we did in 2008."
"The average kid comes out of Virginia colleges with about $25,000-plus in debt."
George Allen "voted to end Pell Grants for 84,000 students."
"Before I was governor, tuition was skyrocketing and we stopped that. We capped and then we froze college tuition."
Says when he was governor, "we expanded participation in Virginia in early childhood programs by nearly 40 percent."
Tim Kaine "reduced higher education funding by 25 percent when he was governor, driving up tuition..."
Says Gov. Bob McDonnell's budget would cut pre-kindergarten programs.
Public education has been permanently cut "by $1.6 billion through changes in the Standards of Quality funding formula."
Gov. McDonnell's proposed budget "is cutting" public education.
Says proposal to boost teacher pension fund "puts no mandate on local government."
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget plan takes "money out of our classrooms to pave roads."
Virginia has a responsibility to fund 55 percent of public education and is paying just 41 percent.
Gov. Bob McDonnell launched a "raid on public education to pay for roads."
Department of Education officials investigating Virginia Tech shootings "have not once gotten into the car and driven down to Blacksburg to talk to the police chief or the university president or to anyone else."
Virginia ranked near the bottom of the nation 50 years ago in per capita income but is in the top 10 today. It had a "very low" rate of higher education attainment but is now above the national average.
"Nearly 2,000 high schools - roughly 12 percent of all secondary schools in the United States - produce about half of the nation’s dropouts."
Salaries for Virginia’s teachers are below the national average.
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