Greg Abbott Holds Education Roundtable in Lubbock

Published 01/16 2014 06:14PM

Updated 02/13 2014 10:58AM

By Michaela MacDonald

LUBBOCK, TX -- Texas Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Abbott made another campaign stop in Lubbock today. This time to talk about education.

This was Abbott's 6th roundtable discussion on education. He's been traveling around the state for these roundtables, and today he was meeting with Lubbock ISD administrators.

He says these events are not about rolling out an education policy. He wants get input directly from educators about how to improve the Texas education system.

The event today was at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center,  Abbott said he was impressed with the facilities and programs there and would like to replicate those in other parts of the state.

"Visited with administrators, with principals, with education leaders right here in Lubbock, we learned first hand the needs of education and the common goal that we've had. We want to see the Texas education system rise to the very top in the entire nation," said Abbott.

Democratic hopeful for Governor, Texas Senator Wendy Davis sent out a statement about Abbott's roundtables saying: “While I fought against over $5 billion in unconstitutional budget cuts to our public schools, Greg Abbott wasted taxpayer funds to defend those cuts in court. I am the only candidate that has offered Texas voters a plan to attract, develop, and retain quality Texas teachers. The only thing Greg Abbott has done is defend $5 billion in cuts to Texas schools.”

We asked Abbott about Davis' criticism and he said as attorney general he was elected to defend laws being challenged in court, and he was doing as he was elected to do.

President of the LISD School Board Steve Massengale said one of the things they agree with Abbott on is increasing local control of education.

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