Greg Abbott Talks Education In Victoria

Updated: 4/24/2014 10:42 pm

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VICTORIA - Victoria West High School was visited by Texas Attorney General, and Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Abbott on Thursday as he presented the second phase of his "Educating Texans" plan.

"I want to see education in Texas be ranked number one in the nation, but to do that we have to set our sight on that aspirational goal," Abbott said.

In his speech to students and Victoria Independent School District officials, Abbott spoke about how he would like to see schools controlled at a more local level.

Abbott said he wants to see parents have more knowledge about the school their children attend by having schools publish a campus report card. These report cards would give each individual school in Texas an "A through F" rating.

"We know that parental involvement has one of the greatest affects on the outcome of education. One way to get parents involved is to give them more information," Abbott said.

Abbott is also looking to improve elementary schools performing at below average levels by creating the "Texas Achievement School District". The program would remove control from local school each year, and place them under the control of the ASD.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis gave her opinion on Abbott's new phase by saying the plan picks which schools win and lose.

However, Abbott believes when a school is not performing at a top level, something must be done.

"We should not subject any student in this state to a failing school system. We have to have ways to improve those schools," Abbott said.

To view the Abbott's entire education plan, click here.
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