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Rick Perry’s Dismal Education Record

September 07, 2011 at 9:50 P.M.

Rick Perry might claim otherwise, but his education record as Governor of Texas is nothing to brag about. In the time Perry has been governor of the state, Texas’ education ranking has tanked, he cut $4 billion from schools’ education budget, and he might still lay off thousands of teachers. That record isn’t good for Rick Perry – but it’s worse for Texas students.

 

UNDER PERRY, TEXAS FELL IN IMPORTANT EDUCATION RANKINGS AND FARED POORLY COMPARED TO OTHER STATES

2000 – 2009: For Percent Of Population Graduated From High School, Texas Dropped From #46 To #50. [State Rankings, CQ, 8/11/11]

2000 – 2008: For Per Capita State And Local Education Expenditures, Texas Dropped From #21 To #23 ($2,714). [State Rankings, CQ, 8/11/11]

2000 – 2011: For Expenditures Per Pupil In Elementary And Secondary Schools, Texas Dropped From #34 To #39. [State Rankings, CQ, 8/11/11]

2009: 28 Percent Of Public School 4th Graders Were Proficient In Reading, Ranking Texas #37. [State Rankings, CQ, 8/11/11]

2009: 36 Percent Of Public School 8th Graders Were Proficient In Reading, Ranking Texas #36. [State Rankings, CQ, 8/11/11]

2009: 28 Percent Of Public School 4th Graders Proficient In Math, Ranking Texas #29. [State Rankings, CQ, 8/11/11]

 

PERRY’S BUDGET CUT EDUCATION BY AN “UNPRECEDENTED” $4 BILLION…

Perry “Signed A Two-Year, $172.3 Billion State Budget” That Will “Fall About $20 Billion Short Of Funding Current Services.” [Dallas Morning News, 6/18/11]

  • Perry’s $4 Billion Cut To Education Was “Unprecedented” Since “It's The First Time Since 1949…That The State Has Decreased Funding For Education.”[Texas Observer, 8/24/11]

 

…WHICH COULD LEAD TO UP TO 49,000 TEACHER LAYOFFS

Perry’s Budget Cuts Mean “Schools Will Have To Cut About 30,000 Jobs Over The Next Two Years, Some Experts Have Estimated.” [Dallas Morning News, 6/18/11]

  • Center For Public Policy Priorities “Predicts A Loss Of 49,000 Education Jobs Over The Next Two Years.” [Huffington Post, 8/22/11]
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