Tags: 2014 Midterm Elections | Wendy Davis | Greg Abbott | education

Breitbart: Wendy Davis Too Close To Teachers Unions

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By Lisa Degnen   |   Tuesday, 20 May 2014 01:26 PM

The distinction between the two lead candidates running for the governor's office in Texas is clear, and Wendy Davis is too closely aligned with teacher's unions,
Breitbart.com says.

The site concluded that the Democratic state senator’s education reform proposal would fail to increase "accountability and competition in the public education system." Instead, it says she is falling back on the standard liberal solution of throwing more money at a problem.

Breitbart reported that Fort Worth native Davis has accepted more than $100,000 from teachers unions during her career and is now pushing a universal pre-K plan for the state.

"Does the cost matter? Will it work? What are the accountability measures?" Breitbart asks.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Davis' opponent, Republican Greg Abbott, dismissed her plan as using "fuzzy math."

Davis would like Texas teacher salaries to be in line with the average pay nationwide. She wants to guarantee that high school students interested in becoming teachers get into college and have a job when they finish school, and a college loan repayment program for educators.

"Education must be the No. 1 priority we address as a state," the paper reports her saying.

Abbott dismissed the Davis plan and said it would just increase spending.

"Greg Abbott believes in genuine local control of education: empowering parents, teachers, and principals to serve our students well," spokesman Matt Hirsch said, according to the report.

Davis balked at explaining how she would pay for her plan, but said she isn't proposing a tax increase.

"I don’t know the exact number on each of these proposals. We’ll be developing that as we go forward," she said according to the News. "The primary goal is to place these, for the very first time in a long time, as priorities for the state of Texas. … They can’t be met overnight."

Davis is facing an up hill battle in the race, but has gotten some big support from Hollywood recently. Director J.J. Abrams, producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, and director Steven Spielberg are hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for her in Santa Monica on May 22.

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