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The Future of Virginia Education: What Do You Think?

Each of the candidates for Virginia governor has now released their education plan for the state.

Bob McDonnell's proposal includes expanding the state's two- and four-year institutions -- particularly awarding more degrees in high-demand technical fields -- lowering administrative costs at K-12 schools, and encouraging public-private partnerships to boost research and economic development.

Both Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds (pdf files) focus their plans on -- among other things -- increasing teacher pay, lowering the cost of attending Virginia's colleges, and expanding pre-kindergarten.

Big points in Brian Moran's plan (pdf) includes expanding community college, increasing research at Virginia's universities, and boosting teacher pay to the national average.

Whose plan do you think is best? Which of these proposals should take top priority? If you were running for governor, what would your education plan include? Make your pitch and discuss the issue with other readers in the comments.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 13, 2009; 4:13 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race  
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Comments

I agree with Bob McDonnell's plan. He seems to have to most effective priorities in terms of education.

Tim Kaine already promised free pre-k for all in his 2005 campaign and completely failed to deliver. In fact, that was one of his biggest promises.

Posted by: steveincville | May 13, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I strongly believe that if we all want to have better citizens and well prepared professionals, then we have to begin by founding schools with the most adequate tools to better impart academics. As a matter of fact, and as a secundary educator, I have realized not only here, Virginia, but where I am originally from that teachers are paid so low and this of course desmotivates us. As any other career, we teachers need to be motivated and I think our salaries do not fill our expectation for all the work we do. 1) we are blamed if students fail, 2) we are also blamed if schools do not meet the SOL's and I have seen how this hard work is transfered to our homes where we have to deal with so many other issues as any other professional. I recommend anyone who is elected to be the next Virginian Governor to please do something for us.

Thank you!

Posted by: cristobalnieto | May 15, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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