Statements about 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.

George Allen voted to add $3 trillion to the federal debt, voted to raise the debt ceiling four times and voted for the No Child Left Behind Act while he was a senator.

Virginia was named "best managed state, best state for business and best state to raise a child" while I was governor. 

"Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been used for public education in the Commonwealth for kindergarten through 12th grade." 

In the past decade, K-12 funding has grown six times faster than the rate of enrollment.

The House of Delegates budget bill "cuts $50 million from education."

Congressman Robert Hurt has a plan to cut education by 40 percent.

Teachers "are working their third consecutive year -- some longer than that -- without salary increases."

"The tuitions in Virginia colleges...have doubled -- 100 percent -- in the last 10 years."

"Morgan Griffith fought for a plan that would have taken money away from our schools and given it to Northern Virginia schools instead." 

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