Davis to unveil Texas education proposals

Wendy Davis

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Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announces her intentions to run for Texas governor at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on October 3, 2013. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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by NOMAAN MERCHANT

Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 1:12 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — State Sen. Wendy Davis is proposing several ideas to recruit new public school teachers in Texas, including guaranteeing admission to state colleges for high school juniors in the top fifth of their classes.

The Democratic front-runner for governor announced the first of her education proposals Thursday in North Texas.

Davis says high school students in the top 20 percent of their classes should be guaranteed admission to the University of Texas at Austin or other state institutions and a job teaching in a state school after graduation.

In a campaign press release, she said the state should forgive one year of student loan debt for every teacher who works two years in a qualifying school. She also wants to boost the number of teacher's aides and school counselors in the state. 

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