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"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.
"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."
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.
"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.
"After students choose a program or major, they will choose a morning or evening schedule instead of picking individual courses."
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 Also, the state cap of three VSN courses per student should be repealed.
Requiring schools to declare each school's enrollment compared to its capacity will better inform parents and taxpayers.
"And my plan will stop forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests."
"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."
"Allowing credits to transfer more freely enables aspiring students to take advantage of junior and community college cost savings."
On the stump, Abbott called the 2001 tuition law "flawed" and said he would not veto a bill to repeal it. But he did not outline how he would suggest fixing it.
"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.
"Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats in Austin or Washington, D.C."
Wants to "provide a 20 percent across-the-board tax exemption for homesteads."
"Reform the policies for granting incentive subsidies to reward creation of middle class jobs, as well as training local residents for those jobs." Mayor Steve Adler also wants to allow small businesses to participate in order to incentivize growth of small businesses.