Texas gubernatorial candidate Sen. Wendy Davis spoke to the press at University of Texas Arlington Thursday to lay out the first part of her education plan. In the 2011 legislative session, she filibustered the multi-billion dollar cut to education and was among the principle senators who pushed the anti-bullying bill through the Senate Education Committee.
“Education is a conversation we plan to have over the course of the campaign,” Davis said. “Great schools create a great Texas.”
The first part of her education plan revealed Thursday involves teacher. To train more teachers, Davis proposed that any high school junior in the top 20 percent of the class would gain early admission to a Texas college in a teacher-training program. Student loan forgiveness would be tied to teaching service with two years of teaching forgiving one year of debt.
She also proposed bringing Texas teacher salaries up to the national average.
“We need to show teachers they were worth the investment,” she said.
Her program also would increase the number of school counselors, and a program dropped in 2012 would help teacher’s aides go back to school to gain certification as full-time teachers.