September 13, 2018/Media, Press

Republican Greg Abbott’s Misleading Education Ad

Austin, TX – A new Abbott TV ad claims the Republican governor “increased funding for early education…But Abbott’s record on the issues tells a more complicated story.” [Texas Tribune, September 11, 2018]

A similar Abbott radio ad also spreads misleading information in Spanish.

Highlights:

  • In 2016, over 20 districts had turned down funds because they weren’t sure they could meet the governor’s standards with such limited money.

  • “It’s really disingenuous to say we brought high-quality pre-K when we’re really just asking everyone to improve quality with the funding they already have,” said Chandra Villanueva, a program director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • Rubin said she also took issue with the characterization of the pre-K program as “high quality” in the Spanish-language radio ad, noting that the National Institute for Education Research gave the state’s pre-K programs a quality rank of four out of 10.

Read the full article.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Full-day Pre-K is essential to help young Texans cultivate skills for the rest of their lives. Texas should be leading the nation in delivering quality, universal Pre-K, but that’s far from our current state of affairs.

“Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans have refused to invest in our children and continue to defend their broken school finance system. Shame on Greg Abbott for trying to mislead Texas about his record in his recent radio ad, and especially to Latinos in Spanish.

“Texans deserve leaders like Lupe Valdez and Mike Collier that will fight for universal Pre-K so that our children have a strong foundation, support our teachers and fully invest in our public schools, so that everyone has a fair shot to get ahead.”

The State of Pre-K in Texas:

Texas Democratic Party Platform on Pre-K Education:

“We believe every eligible Texas child must have access to high-quality, full-day Pre-K and kindergarten and that the Texas Education Agency should establish appropriate quality standards for Pre-K programs to ensure that students are receiving the highest quality instruction.” Read more…

Texas Republican Party Platform on Pre-K Education:

Nothing. Read more…