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Make Texas No. 1 in the nation in education

"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.

Offer technology grants to poor-performing schools

Appropriate $100 million every two years for technology grants to schools rated D or F by state.

Provide online tutoring for students preparing for mandated end-of-course exams

Free-of-charge tutoring for students preparing for mandated end-of-course exams would cost $7.6 million statewide.

Offer innovation grants for school districts that blend online education and classroom instruction

The annual cost of awarding 10 innovation grants ro encourage blended instruction would be $8 million.

Fund training for teachers wishing to improve digital learning

Districts that avail themselves of specialists in innovative digital instruction will be eligible for state aid to cover training costs

Grant college credit for completed edX courses

College credit for courses taken via EdX, a collaboration providing online Massive Open Collaborative Courses, would help reduce higher education costs.

Provide state funding for free tuition available to veterans and their children

A fund already created by lawmakers would need about $363 million to cover tuition costs currently absorbed by institutions of higher education.

Spend $40 million more in 2016-17 for research at key universities

Lawmakers should appropriate $200 million, a $40 million increase, to the Texas Competitive Knowledge Fund, which was created to bolster research at several universities.