McDonnell Unveils Proposal, Avoids Thesis Talk
Bob McDonnell, joined by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, unveiled the fourth part of his education plan (yes, fourth!) -- designed to boost money for schools by $480 million a year -- in Alexandria this afternoon. And no, he's not proposing a tax increase.
Instead, McDonnell and Bolling want to shift money from administration to the classroom by an average of 4 percent, so that 65 percent of education dollars will go to the classroom. Some schools already do that, but the proposal would be implemented statewide.
"Our children will get the best education by having the best teachers, best textbooks and best technology, not excessive administration and bureaucracy,'' McDonnell said. We need to put education funding in the classroom, where it counts."
McDonnell tried to steer attention away from the uproar over his 20-year-old thesis, but that was difficult. He was greeted at T.C. Williams High School by reporters who peppered him with questions. For the second day in a row, McDonnell, who was surrounded by female supporters carrying pink "Women for McDonnell" signs, was prepared for the onslaught .
"Listen, this campaign to me is not about a 20-year-old thesis," he said. "This campaign is about who's got the best ideas about jobs and the economy and transportation and education. These are the things people all over Virginia have told me that they care about."
September 1, 2009; 6:06 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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