Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott introduces "Educating Texans" policy in Weslaco

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:28am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:13pm

Texas governor hopeful Greg Abbott revealed the first phase of his "Educating Texans" policy plan here in the upper Valley. 

On Monday, students at Sam Houston Elementary in Weslaco lined the halls to welcome Texas Attorney Greg Abbott to their school.

Abbott announced the first phase of his educating Texans policy plan to make Texas number one in the nation for education within ten years.

"As governor, I want to see next year's pre-K class graduate from high school in the top ranked school system in the United States of America," he declared.

The graduation rate in Texas has increased by nearly 10% from 2007 to 2012, tallying 87.7% in 2012.

Abbott says that in order for graduation stats to keep improving, there must be a strong focus in early education.

"If we want more children graduating from high school, if we want to elevate students' scores, we must ensure that our students start with a solid foundation in grades K through 3," Abbott said.

Abbott's "Educating Texans" plan includes a gold standard plan for pre-K programs in the state.  Being a part of the Pre-K 4 Gold Standard will include certain requirements, but it also means additional funding.

"We want to fund schools to meet these high standards, allowing them to be the laboratories of education innovation."

For more on Abbott's "Educating Texans" plan, click here: http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/forum/educating-texans

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