Education again took center stage in the Texas governor's race Wednesday as Republican candidate Greg Abbott unveiled a second round of proposals to reform the state's system.
His plan include a state takeover of Texas' 15 lowest-performing elementary schools, to be run as an "achievement school district" similar to charter-school-heavy reform efforts in Tennessee and New Orleans.
The proposal was part of a package of reforms Abbott unveiled at Northbrook High School in west Houston.
He also backed a parent trigger law, similar to a controversial law in California, that would allow parents to vote to reorganize a school that had received Texas' lowest rating two years in a row.
More generally, Abbott argued that the state should return control of operational decisions - such as the starting and ending day of the school year - to local districts.
"The state should set high standards, provide tools for success, then get out of the way," Abbott said. "Our public education system is too centralized, with too many one-size-fits-all solutions being pushed down from the top."
The campaign of Abbott's rival Wendy Davis had no immediate response to his latest proposals, but it did take issue with the location of Abbott's event on Wednesday, according to a report on HoustonChronicle.com.
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