Perry, Poverty and Education: The numbers

 No opinion here. Let’s look at Perry’s numbers regarding poverty and education in Texas to see what a Perry Presidency might mean for America.

First, Perry used$3.25 billion in Federal education funds in a crooked sleight of hand to balance the Texas budget on the backs of taxpayers around the country. The funds were supposed to supplement Texas State education funds. Instead, Perry cut that same amount from the state budget, ignoring the federal guidelines regarding the supplemental funds. (source: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/texas-governor-a-winner-on-school-funds/)

Let’s take a look at the results, by the numbers for poverty:

According to the 2010 Federal Census the Texas population is 25,145,561. Only 10% are above the retirement age, 45.3% are White, 12% black and 37.6% Hispanic. The median household income is$48 thousand, $2000 below the national average. 17% of Texans live below the poverty level, as opposed to the national 14.3% average. 79% of Texans graduated high school against 84% nation wide.

More than 500,000 Texas families, more than 3 million people, live at or below the poverty line. 80% of those have at least one person employed. Poverty rates are highest among Hispanic and black populations, and child poverty is dramatically higher in Texas against the national average.

193 of Texas’ 235, or 82% counties are above the national average for poverty, the highest of any state in the Union. 

Cowboy politics has not served Texas well.

The education figures are far worse:

One in four Texas school children face significant hunger issues. 

Texas is 49th in the nation for Verbal SAT scores and 46th in basic math.

Texas is 40th in spending per pupil and 33 in teacher salaries.

Teachers in Texas average $41 thousand per year against the $48 thousand average nationally. (Source: The National Education Association)

As Rick Perry tours the country promoting an idea that the federal government is broke, he and his supporters might do well to fix their own house first.Easy to see now why he did not secede from the nation as he mused back in 2009. For one he would have missed out on billions in Federal aid to decorate his state budget to give the illusion of balance and fiscal responsibility. Had Texas seceded, by the numbers above, Texas would be just another Third World nation and Perry a loud-mouthed two-bit potentate.

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W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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