Tracking the promises of Greg Abbott
Most Recent Promises
- Focus additional spending on cancer screenings and treatment for low-income Texans
- Require school districts with prekindergarten to assess student performance twice annually
- Create Texas Achievement School District to take over worst elementary schools
- Fund treatment for postpartum depression for low-income mothers
- Fund Medicaid by block grants
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PolitiFact Texas compiled promises that Greg Abbott made during the 2014 campaign and is tracking progress on each one on our Abbott-O-Meter. Many of the collected promises showed up in Abbott's "Bicentennial Blueprint," intially posted online in 2013. That volume, subtitled "Greg Abbott's Policy Plans," describes his desires as recommendations; for the Abbott-O-Meter, we took his recommendations as promises.
On the Abbott-O-Meter, we rate each promise's status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See the About the Abbott-O-Meter page for more details on our ratings.)
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"Because this is strategic spending on certain areas, it should reduce the cost of health care in the state in the long term." Abbott specified his desire to spend $50 million more on women's health care.
Districts would choose methods of assessing prekindergarten students at the start and finish of each school year from a list of approaches developed by the state.
Schools eligible to be placed in "achievement districts" would consist of the bottom 15 elementary or charter school campuses with an F rating from the state for two straight years.
"As a starting point, the coverage period for postpartum doctor visits for the mother under" the Children's Health Insurance Program's perinatal coverage "should be extended from 60 days to up to one year." Abbott calls for spending $3 million more over two years.
"The one-size-fits-all approach, mandated from Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid system, does not help Texas address the unique needs of the diverse population we have in this state."
More Teach for America positions should be supported by the state. Increase funding by $3 million from the existing $12 million every two years
"Many states have implemented an A through F rating system for individual campuses with great success." Each campus website should show the school's A through F rating and other indicators of success.
"Prohibiting the practice of funds consolidation is a critical reform that will restore truth-in-budgeting. Dedicated accounts should be used only for their intended purpose, not to grow the state budget." Abbott said this change, taking effect in 2023-24, would require lawmakers to send voters a proposed constitutional amendment.
Texas' current constitutional spending limit "must be strengthened." Imposing a tougher limit would require lawmakers to send voters a proposed constitutional amendment.
Parents currently cannot seek state intervention until schools have performed inadequately for five years. This should change to two years.
"I will champion privacy protections that prevent the sale of your personal information unless you expressly agree to it."
“Expanding the population of students served by existing state-funded programs without addressing the quality of existing prekindergarten instruction or how it is being delivered would be an act of negligence and waste.”
Provide $15 million a year to help teachers master tenets of careful, consistent and systematic reading instruction.
"With a $2 million appropriation, teams of expert teacher mentors could be deployed to poor-performing schools to coach educators by teaching alongside them in the classroom."
"The" math achievement "academies would consist of four to five days of collaborative, research-based professional development training for math teachers across the state."