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Davis, Abbott talk education plans at teachers' convention

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As the Texas Governor's race heats up, so is the rhetoric of each candidate trying to win the top spot in Texas.

There was hardly an empty seat in the house Thursday at the Texas Classroom Teachers Association Convention in Fort Worth.

Roughly 300 educators listened and learned how each candidate for governor might lead the state through 21st century education issues.

For some teachers, the biggest concern couldn't be clearer: tying teacher pay to student performance.

Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis spoke in the morning, outlining her support for daylong universal preschool, higher teacher salaries and less standardized student testing.

“High-stakes tests are not serving as well in the state,” said Davis. “We know that. They’re overstressing our kids.”

Republican candidate Attorney General Greg Abbott railed against top-down education, unfunded mandates, and government interference while boosting teacher retirement efforts.

“Texas is lagging behind where we need to be,” said Abbott.

But the sharpest elbows thrown were reserved for the issue of school choice.

“I’m against vouchers for private schools, where they would bleed public dollars out of public education,” said Davis. “I stood very strongly against that last session, and I will continue to stand against that.”

Abbott says he doesn't support that either, but he does support choice within the public school system.

“My plan doesn’t talk about private schools,” said Abbott. “My plan focuses solely on public schools…choice within the public school system.”

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