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Subject: Re: Re: School Messenger
Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:15:50 -0500
From: Jim Hirsch
To: Gardner Selby <wgselby@statesman.com>
CC: Doug Otto


I don't recall or have the original source for the Perry quote (and have not been able to spend time to locate it today), but the same quote came from Patrick (http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/do-texas-schools-spend-too-much-on-administration/) and repeated (or initiated) by organizations such as http://americansforprosperity.org/021511-grassroots-resource-talking-points-education-spending-texas# and TRYF (http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/18/2933254/schools-dispute-conservative-groups.html)
Perry had repeatedly agreed with these statistics without mentioning that there had been only a 1% change in them since 2001.
 
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/texas-legislature/headlines/20110309-perry-says-state-of-texas-not-to-blame-for-teacher-layoffs.ece
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20110425-balancing-school-budgets-harder-than-just-laying-off-administrators.ece
http://www.wfaa.com/news/education/Governor-Perry--117735608.html

>>> "Gardner Selby" <wgselby@statesman.com> 6/3/2011 2:07 PM >>>
  Scott Braddock, the interviewer you cite, tells me he framed the
question to which the governor replied "absolutely" based on Dr. Otto's
earlier statement to KRLD that Perry had claimed there was a 1-to-1 ratio

So, I still wonder how Perry's original claim came to your attention.

Thanks.

wgs

W. Gardner Selby
Editor, PolitiFact Texas
Austin American-Statesman