Via Dallas Morning News:
Those of us in the news business have been getting pounded with incendiary emails from the Wendy Davis campaign asserting that Greg Abbott plans to impose standardized tests on 4-year-olds in publicly funded pre-school.
Two of yesterday’s breathless headlines from the Davis camp:
BREAKING: ABBOTT ADVISOR ADMITS PRE-K PLAN INCLUDES STANDARDIZED TESTS FOR 4 YEAR OLDS
UPDATE: The Abbott campaign is now trying to cover up his policy advisor’s admission by saying, and we’re not kidding here, that the part of his plan calling for standardized testing is for “informational purposes only.”
The problem with all this: It’s just not true. That makes me want to ignore anything more from the Davis campaign on the subject. And that’s too bad, because pre-k is an important policy issue that deserves good-faith debate. But her campaign apparatus has turned it into one long, hysterical screed.
Davis appears to drawing on public sentiment that there’s too much testing in Texas schools already. Her ploy is suggesting Abbott would add more.
That’s not what he’s saying, near as I can tell from the materials and news coverage. His pre-k plan says he would leave the “existing rules untouched” and fund programs at a higher level if they met new criteria.