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Rick Perry Public Education Irony- Compare 2007 to Now
 


31 July 2011 at 2:47:45 PM
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I think everyone knows that Texas stinks at public education. They always did, from the early experiments for No Child Left Behind that George Bush kicked into gear and were based on fraud, to the recent TPM (Texas Projection Measure) that artificially  gamed the ed ratings based on what the stats *might be* next year!!!!

I was looking earlier at what Rick Perry said in his inauguration speech in 2007.

When a child is sent to a school that doesn’t educate them, government must demand change, not defend the status quo.

Um. Hello? From the Texas Comptrollers site.

Public Education

  • Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).
  • Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates (68%).
  • Texas is #33 in the nation in teacher salaries. Teacher salaries in Texas are not keeping pace with the national average. The gains realized from the last state-funded across-the-board pay raise authorized in 1999, which moved the ranking from 33 to as high as 26th in the nation, have disappeared over the last five years.
  • Texas was the only state in the nation to cut average per pupil expenditures in fiscal year 2005, resulting in a ranking of #40 nationally; down from #25 in fiscal year 1999.
  • Texas is #6 in the nation in student growth. The general student population in Texas public schools grew by 11.1% between school years 1999 and 2005, with the largest percent of growth seen among low income and minority children.
  • Between school years 1999 and 2005, the number of central administrators employed by Texas public schools grew by 32.5%, overall staffing in public schools grew by 15.6%, while the number of teachers grew only 13.3%.

You realize when that says 49th, it means that only ONE state is lower.

And don't forget that the budget bill Rick Perry signed the other day CUT Texas Education.

C'mon now. Does anyone REALLY want to have Rick Perry, who has little interest in actually helping educate children, to export his ideas nationwide? I mean, the man wanted to see CREATIONISM taught in science classes at school!


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1 - pstern   31 Jul 2011 @ 4:58:54 PM 

Don't worry, Salon, they wouldn't let Perry in Washington with his cowboy boots and white Stetson. 


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