The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that State Senator Wendy Davis, the presumptive Democratic nominee for Governor, has unveiled a new Education plan, one that has already been called the “most comprehensive in years.” The plan is a multi-pronged approach that focuses predominantly one helping teachers.
First and foremost, she seeks to boost teacher pay, which she was quick to note is far below the national average. Next, she sought to help protect the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Program. The platform would also include offsetting budget cuts that gutted a similar provision that helps to provide financial incentives to teachers-aides who pursue their teaching certificates. Additionally, the Davis campaign noted they would seek to increase the number of guidance counselors required in most public schools.
I’ve attached the full details of the plan, and assume a few others will provide greater descriptions of the platform, but I want to focus in particular on perhaps the cornerstone of the platform, which strives to make the profession of teaching more attractive to the average student. Davis’ platform would allow for students graduating in the Top 20% of their high school class to gain admission to public colleges and universities (including UT-Austin), provided that they pledge to enter a career in teaching.