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Greg Abbott explains how he'll make Texas #1 in public education

Greg Abbott (Source: Facebook) Greg Abbott (Source: Facebook)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott stopped in Tyler to reveal the next steps in his plan to make Texas number one in public education. Abbott told school district leaders and local politicians that technology in the classroom is the key to putting Texas students at the top.

"More digital learning means students from any school can learn from the best teachers --not just from their school-- but from the best teacher in any particular subject from any place across the entire state of Texas," Abbott explained.

Abbott calls it a "digital learning plan." The plan connects students to technology and online learning tools through a statewide virtual school network.

"This is literally like having a virtual teacher assistant in the classroom that aids the teacher in educating the students in the classroom," he said.

The plan would cost $164 million, which Abbott says can easily be covered by the state's general revenue.

However, some East Texas parents and educators are more focused on other issues facing their students today. On the KLTV 7 Facebook Page, viewers made it clear that standardized testing needs taming.

"We are losing a lot of great teachers. They're moving on to other professions and taking their talents where they can make more money and not have near the stress that they do," said Jamie Womack of the American Federation of Teachers.

Womack said high teacher turnover directly impacts student success.

"Clearly there's a problem in the state of Texas with over-testing," Abbott said. "The passage of HB 5 fixes most of those challenges," he added.

Abbott said his plan will give students online tools to prepare themselves for standardized tests outside of the classroom. He explained that this will free-up teachers who feel like they're stuck just teaching to a test.

Abbott spoke at Jack Elementary in Tyler. Tyler ISD is one of 600 Texas school districts that are actually suing the state, including Texas Attorney General Abbott, over school funding.

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