Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Texas Gov. Rick Perry might be feeling the call to run for president, but an appalling picture of public education in his state is beginning emerge.
According to a report in the New York Times, an astronomical 60% of Texas middle and high school students have been suspended at least once before graduation. One in seven students faced suspension eleven times for infractions.
The study was conducted by the Justice Center at the Council of State Governments, a nonpartisan group, examined one million student records.
Texas ranks near the bottom in education funding per pupil at 44th nationally. By contrast, New Jersey and New York rank first and second respectively in education funding per student.
It will be very interesting watching Rick Perry defend the troubling record of public education in his state under his leadership.