NHDP - Rick Perry: No Friend Of Students, Teachers or Public Education

Derry, NH - As Rick Perry comes back to the Granite State to campaign, Derry Town Democratic Committee Chair Betsy Burtis released the following statement on Perry's failed education record in Texas:
"While our country, government and presidential hopefuls should be singularly focused on creating jobs and ensuring that America has the resources to win the future, Rick Perry has fully embraced the far right wing, Tea Party-backed policies that do nothing but promote the tired, failed policies of the past.

"From protecting tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans to gutting programs important to mainstream Americans, Perry and the Republican field have no credible ideas for paving the way to economic security for middle class Americans.

 

"As a New Hampshire resident who has watched Tea Party state legislators make the largest cut to public higher education this year, I find Perry's failed education record in Texas to be particularly troubling. He's let down his state, taxpayers, and children who deserve to have a quality education. As Governor, he signed a budget that made draconian cuts to education funding and resulted in thousands of teachers being laid off. He's cut scholarships for students who deserve access to a quality, affordable education. And he's even eliminated preschool grants that helped 100,000 at-risk kids get the early childhood education that puts them on a path to success for the rest of their lives.


"Now, more than ever, we need to invest in our future so America can compete in the global marketplace with jobs, ideas and human resources. Perry's policies are nothing more than a recipe for failure. That's not the type of leadership Granite Staters and Americans want or need."

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PERRY SIGNED A BUDGET CUTTING EDUCATION AND LAYING OFF THOUSANDS OF TEACHERS

 

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]

 

Perry's Budget Cuts Mean "Schools Will Have To Cut About 30,000 Jobs Over The Next Two Years." [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]

 

In August 2011, Texas Lost 900 Jobs In Local School Districts. [Huffington Post, 9/29/11]

 

PERRY'S BUDGET CUTS WILL REMOVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 43,000 TEXAS STUDENTS

 

Under Perry's Budget, "About 29,000 Fewer Students Will Receive A TEXAS Grant, The Main State Scholarship Program For Children From Low- And Moderate-Income Families." [Dallas Morning News, 6/18/11]

 

  • Perry's Budget "Helps Some 14,000 Fewer Students" Who Receive Aid From "The Two Other Aid Programs For State Campuses Only, And The Four Others That Also Are Available To Private College Students." [Dallas Morning News, 6/18/11]

 

PERRY'S BUDGET ELIMINATED PRESCHOOL GRANTS THAT HELP 100,000 AT-RISK KIDS

 

Perry's Budget "Zeroes Out $223 Million Of State Grants That Help About 300 School Districts Do A Better Job Of Helping At-Risk Youngsters."  [Dallas Morning News, 6/18/11]

  • Perry's Budget "Eliminated State Funding For Pre-K Programs That Serve Around 100,000 Mostly At-Risk Children, Or More Than 40 Percent Of The State's Pre-Kindergarten Students." [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/28/11]
FEDERAL OFFICIALS: NH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM CUTS ARE THE LARGEST OF ANY STATE
 
"The cuts to the four-year public college system are the largest of any state in the country this year federal officials have said." [Nashua TelegraphJune 21, 2011]