Teacher Incentives, College Costs Head Lists for Candidates for Gov.

April 13, 2009

(AP) - Two of the four candidates in this year's gubernatorial sweepstakes are calling for broader teacher incentives, expanded worker training and more affordable college tuition.

Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds laid out education platforms in separate news conferences Monday as they and fellow Democrat Brian Moran head toward a June 9 primary.

McAuliffe proposed raising teacher salaries to the national average, though he couldn't cite that figure when asked. For the last school year, it was $52,300. Virginia's pay averaged nearly $46,800.

McAuliffe also proposed creating a state-backed way to provide teachers with low-interest home or car loans to keep teachers in localities where they are most needed.

Deeds proposed community college-based job retraining programs that can land displaced textile workers in technology jobs that pay three times more.


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