Latest Mostly True Fact-checks in Education Mike Parson stated on November 12, 2020 in a press conference: “Schools that are consistently implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies remain among the safest places for our students.” Paula Jean Swearengin stated on September 10, 2020 in a tweet: “West Virginia is near last in the U.S.” rankings of education, clean drinking water, and child mortality. Kim Reynolds stated on July 14, 2020 in at a press conference: “Kids are less likely to get it (COVID-19). You know, they’re less likely to spread. So I think there’s some pretty good data out there that will help alleviate some of the concerns.” Beth Parlato stated on May 7, 2020 in a video in a tweet: Said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that “with all the technology we have, we don't need actual classrooms.” Kim Reynolds stated on January 14, 2020 in the Condition of the State address: Iowa has “the highest high-school graduation rate in the country.” Mun Choi stated on February 25, 2020 in an email update: “The facility (NextGen Precision Health Institute) construction alone will bring 3,400 jobs and $472 million in revenue to Missouri.” Bernie Sanders stated on February 23, 2020 in an interview on CBS News' "60 Minutes": “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program.” Roy Cooper stated on January 21, 2020 in a tweet: Says a "court has ordered North Carolina to step up significantly its funding for education." Elizabeth Warren stated on January 4, 2020 in a speech: "We were living outside of Houston and that’s when I found it: a commuter college, 45 minutes away that cost $50 a semester." Frederica Wilson stated on December 12, 2019 in a hearing: Says Betsy DeVos is the "most unpopular person in our government." Woody Thrasher stated on August 21, 2019 in a tweet: "West Virginia is sixth overall in the average number of at-risk youth." Bernie Sanders stated on August 26, 2019 in an Instagram post: "Last year, South Carolina spent $21,756 per prison inmate and $11,552 per student." Kamala Harris stated on June 27, 2019 in her exchange on busing during the Democratic presidential debate: Says "I was part of the second class to integrate Berkeley, California, public schools." Bernie Sanders stated on June 24, 2019 in Press conference in Washington D.C.: "Forty years ago, a federal Pell Grant paid for nearly 80% of tuition, fees, room and board at a four-year college." John Flanagan stated on April 1, 2019 in a news release: The state budget fully funds "an initiative to provide free college tuition for illegal immigrants, while rejecting an increase in Tuition Assistance Program funding that would help middle-class families afford college." Mitch Carmichael stated on February 14, 2019 in an interview with WV MetroNews: In West Virginia, "our students enter in at fourth grade the first time they’re tested, 37th or 38th in the nation—which is not good, but it’s not horrible. By the time they’re in the 8th grade, they’re 46th or 47th, and then upon 11th grade testing they’re near last." Kamala Harris stated on March 26, 2019 in a tweet: "In 30 states, average teacher pay is less than the living wage for a family of four." Roy Cooper stated on February 25, 2019 in his State of the State address: "Right now, four in 10 public schools in our state are at least 50 years old." Michael Bloomberg stated on January 21, 2019 in a speech: "All of this work helped us increase graduation rates by 42 percent and substantially reduce the racial achievement gap." Civitas Institute stated on January 28, 2019 in a tweet: "There are almost 60,000 North Carolina children on waiting lists to access a school that works best for them." Paul Vallas stated on December 31, 2018 in a radio interview: "I took over the school district when it had a $1 billion structural deficit and left them with $1 billion in cash and 70,000 more students than they have today." Bloggers stated on December 9, 2018 in a headline: "Principal bans candy canes." Roman Prezioso stated on November 29, 2018 in a panel discussion at West Virginia University: "Fifty percent of our (West Virginia) budget was for lower education." Scott Walker stated on October 23, 2018 in a campaign ad: Says Tony Evers wants to give in-state tuition and drivers licenses to "illegal aliens." Ron DeSantis stated on October 24, 2018 in a debate at Broward College: Says Andrew Gillum was "singing a different tune" about charter schools at the Florida debate. E. Gordon Gee stated on February 12, 2018 in a letter to the university community: West Virginia University’s incoming freshman class has the "highest-ever GPA" Tony Evers stated on August 16, 2018 in a public forum: "Special education categorical aid" from the state "hasn’t been raised in over a decade." Republican Governors Association stated on September 12, 2018 in an ad: Says Andrew Gillum "wants to increase Florida taxes by a billion dollars." Michael Lee stated on August 28, 2018 in Tweet: Teacher pay has increased under Republican leadership every year for the past 5 years. In fact, even according to the national teacher's unions own rankings, NC ranked number 2 in the U.S. for fastest rising teacher pay 2016-2017. Donna Howard stated on July 18, 2018 in a tweet: Says Texas charter schools "get 100% state $/pupil funding while district schools (95% students) get about 1/3 funding from state w/ rest coming from local prop taxes (which is why those taxes are so high). Districts getting less b/c scarce $ going to charters."