Tracking the promises of Greg Abbott

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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.)

The report card above provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Raise five Texas universities into nation's top 10 public universities

The Promise:

"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.

Update: Greg Abbott far short on vow to lift 5 Texas universities into nation's top 10

Tie some college and university funding to student success indicators

The Promise:

"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."

Update: Greg Abbott falls short on vow to tie university aid to student successes

Grant college credit to high school students scoring well on Advanced Placement exams

The Promise:

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.

Update: Greg Abbott quickly fulfilled vow to tie college credits to above-average AP exam scores

End CSCOPE and don't allow federal "common core" academic standards in Texas

The Promise:

"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.

Update: STALLED: Abbott's vow to drive stake through CSCOPE, banish common core

Mandate block scheduling for two-year associate degree programs

The Promise:

"After students choose a program or major, they will choose a morning or evening schedule instead of picking individual courses."

Update: Greg Abbott approved compromise on block scheduling

Repeal limits on students taking online classes

The Promise:

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.

Update: Abbott promise to repeal limits on online courses goes unfulfilled

Require school districts to list the capacity of each school compared to its enrollment

The Promise:

Requiring schools to declare each school's enrollment compared to its capacity will better inform parents and taxpayers.

Update: Abbott call for compiling school capacities proves empty

Stop 'forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests'

The Promise:

"And my plan will stop forcing teachers to teach to so many standardized tests."

Update: Greg Abbott falls short on vow to spare teachers from teaching to many standardized tests

Launch school principals leadership training program

The Promise:

"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."

Update: Agency carries out Greg Abbott vow to improve training of principals

Require some public colleges to accept credits earned at community colleges

The Promise:

"Allowing credits to transfer more freely enables aspiring students to take advantage of junior and community college cost savings."

Update: Greg Abbott scores a compromise on Texas colleges accepting community college course credits

Reform 2001 law authorizing in-state college tuition for unauthorized residents

The Promise:

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.

Update: Greg Abbott's support for repeal of pro-immigrant law doesn't play into action

Fund treatment for postpartum depression for low-income mothers

The Promise:

"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.

Update: Lawmakers again didn't embrace Abbott vow to fund more postpartum mental health treatment

Allow schools to opt out of state mandates

The Promise:

"Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats in Austin or Washington, D.C."

Update: Greg Abbott keeps promise to let schools opt out of mandates

Require state elected officials to disclose more about personal sources of income, contracts

The Promise:

"I'm proposing that all state elected officials be required to disclose more about their sources of income and to disclose any contracts they, or their family members, have with state agencies or local government bodies."

Update: Lawmakers, in reversal, advance mandate tightening disclosures of personal income, contracts

Focus additional spending on cancer screenings and treatment for low-income Texans

The Promise:

"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.

Update: Abbott keeps vow to spend on cancer screenings, health care for low-income residents