Abrams dismissed her opponent’s more streamlined education plan as an election year "gimmick."
Kemp announced last week that he wants to give teachers a 5 percent pay raise at a cost of $600 million.
Abrams asserted that she is the only candidate with a plan to get teacher pay to the national average, with regular cost-of-living increases.
"One of the best ways to retain workers is to pay them their worth,” she said, adding, “it is insufficient for this to be a gimmick, an election year gimmick that may or may not come to fruition.”
When asked to put a price tag on her own plan, though, Abrams was not specific beyond a nearly $300 million estimate to expand early childhood education. She said she'd find whatever money is needed through a variety of means, such as better tax collections, an expected windfall from federal tax cuts, the tapping of federal funds (Medicaid expansion) and the elimination of tax credits like the ones that now pay for private school tuitions.
"When you add those things together, we have a sufficient amount of revenue,” she said.