Governor Abbott made education a priority in his inaugural address saying a a cookie cutter approach was not the best path forward.

Eleanor Dearman of the Daily Texan Online writes:

Abbott, Patrick focus on education and border security in inauguration speeches

“We will promote policies that limit the growth of government — not the size of your dreams,” Abbott said in his speech.

Abbott emphasized that he believes Texas must lead the nation in distancing state politics from federal influence.

“As governor, I will continue my legacy of pushing back against Washington — if they spend too much, regulate too much or violate our state sovereignty,” Abbott said.

Abbott said his path to the governor’s office was an improbable one.

“I am living proof that we are living in a state where a young man’s life can literally be broken in half, and yet, he can still rise up and be governor of this great state,” Abbott said.

According to Abbott, state leaders must focus on improving education — and unshackling education from overly restrictive federal control — in order for job growth to continue in Texas.

“These great minds will not be molded by a cookie-cutter approach of teaching,” Abbott said. “Instead, they will be the product of great teachers that recognize the value and uniqueness of each student.”