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Greg Abbott Campaigns in Underfunded School District That Took Him to Court

by: Natalie San Luis

Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 00:00 PM CST

It takes some audacity to make a campaign pit stop at a school that you've fought to defund, but that's exactly what Greg Abbott did this week.

Plano ISD is one of the many school districts that had their funding drastically slashed after the $5.4 billion public school budget cuts in 2011. Abbott defended those severe cuts in court, but the court ruled that Plano ISD and other school districts were not being funded adequately.

The school district had to lay off 190 teachers in response to the lack of funding, but that didn't stop Abbott from speaking this week to the same educators whose jobs he threatened.

Read more after the jump.

On Tuesday, Wendy Davis' campaign criticized Abbott for campaigning at the same school district that was forced to sue for inadequate funding.

In a statement, she wrote, "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. Greg Abbott has put Texas' future at risk, and visiting a school is not going to make up for the fact that he fought against Texas students in the courtroom."

Abbott later responded by asking, "If she were governor, would she ask her attorney general not to defend the laws passed by the Legislature?"

Wendy Davis, who filibustered the cuts to education and helped recover $3 billion for schools in 2013, replied, "As Governor, I would have vetoed the bill."

Unlike Abbott, Sen. Davis has a long and consistent record of standing up for Texas schools. This year, she was recognized by the Texas PTA in their Legislative Honor Roll for helping to reinstate funding for public schools.

In October, she received the Silver Star from the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education for authoring legislation that allows special education teachers to spend more time in the classroom and less time writing tests.

Texas educators and parents have previously called Abbott out for not recognizing public education as an issue that deserves even a paragraph on his campaign website.

When it comes to securing education dollars and fighting for stronger schools, Greg Abbott can make an appearance at every underfunded school in Texas—Wendy Davis' record speaks for itself.

Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.

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