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Friday, January 13, 2006

God I Hate Rick Perry

Seems that Perry says "Adios MoFo" to the truth when he states that 'we've' invested $10 billion in education in his first TV ad of 2006:


“We’ve invested ten billion new dollars into our public schools while improving standards, accountability and student performance.”

Analysis: Needs clarification

-It’s true that the Legislature and the Texas Education Agency have set higher standards for student achievement through a more difficult TAKS test, among other things. Accountability has also increased under Gov. Perry’s tenure, with tougher hurdles for students to cross before advancing to the next grade level. However, while TAKS scores have improved in recent years, critics point to signs that progress is not universal. For example, in 2004, 420 schools in Texas were rated poor enough that students were allowed to transfer to new schools. In 2005, that number nearly doubled, to 821.

-The Governor’s statement that “We’ve invested ten billion new dollars into our public schools” also needs clarification. His campaign started its calculation with the 1998/1999 biennium (Texas sets its budgets in two-year cycles), in which the Legislature appropriated about $26,745,000,000 for K-12 public education. Next, the Perry campaign used an estimate for what the state will spend in the 2006/2007 budget cycle on schools, which the Legislative Budget Board estimates will be about $36,669,000. This is roughly a $10 billion increase. However, Gov. Perry did not become governor until December 21, 2000, when then-Governor George W. Bush became President of the United States. Numbers for the 2002/2003 budget, the first written entirely under Gov. Perry’s watch, indicate the state spent about $28,698,400,000 on public education. In addition, Perry’s “ten billion dollars” figure includes federal funds, which the Legislature does not directly control. Since 1998, federal funding has increased by about $4 billion, which Perry includes in the $10 billion total. What’s more, education experts say that the $10 billion invested since 1998 was designed to cover inflation, and increases in enrollment (the student population has increased about 20% since 1998). The Center for Public Policy Priorities estimates that when those factors are included, schools are spending less money today on education then they were in 1998.

Wonderful. More over at Casa Bell.

Speaking of ads, anyone else notice that Stra_horn's ads have now cut out the part of calling herself a Republican?