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"Texas must become No. 1 in the nation for educating our children." We asked Abbott aides how he intended to gauge the state's status as No. 1 and didn't immediately hear back.
"Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats in Austin or Washington, D.C."
"And my plan will stop forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests."
"And as governor, I will drive a stake through the heart of CSCOPE and will never allow common core in Texas." CSCOPE, developed by state-funded Education Service Centers, offered school districts curriculum tools, including classroom lesson plans, aligned with revised state academic standards. Critics said the material included inappropriate directives.
"To improve campus leadership, the state should offer financial support that enables public school principals and others in leadership positions to receive optional advanced leadership training."
Requiring schools to declare each school's enrollment compared to its capacity will better inform parents and taxpayers.
Appropriate $100 million every two years for technology grants to schools rated D or F by state.
Public school students should be allowed to take any Virtual School Network course even if it's offered in person at their school. Also, the state cap of three VSN courses per student should be repealed.
Free-of-charge tutoring for students preparing for mandated end-of-course exams would cost $7.6 million statewide.
The annual cost of awarding 10 innovation grants ro encourage blended instruction would be $8 million.
Districts that avail themselves of specialists in innovative digital instruction will be eligible for state aid to cover training costs
"In addition to incentivizing higher graduation rates, the criteria for performance-based funding should also include metrics to ensure quality of instruction; for instance, universities may receive funding based on the percentage of graduates who are employed within six months of graduating."
"After students choose a program or major, they will choose a morning or evenign schedule instead of picking individual courses."
"Allowing credits to transfer more freely enables aspiring students to take advantage of junior and community college cost savings."
Public colleges and universities should be required to give college credit to high-school students scoring 3 or better on AP exams, potentially saving students and parents tuition money.
College credit for courses taken via EdX, a collaboration providing online Massive Open Collaborative Courses, would help reduce higher education costs.
A fund already created by lawmakers would need about $363 million to cover tuition costs currently absorbed by institutions of higher education.
Lawmakers should appropriate $200 million, a $40 million increase, to the Texas Competitive Knowledge Fund, which was created to bolster research at several universities.
On the stump, Abbott called the 2001 tuition law "flawed," but did not outline the problems or how he would suggest fixing them.
"We must ensure that Texas' four-year public universities claim five of the top ten spots in future rankings" of public universities by U.S. News.