Virginia Governor Hopefuls Promise Better Teacher Pay

April 24, 2009

(AP) - All four gubernatorial candidates are promising Virginia teachers better pay if elected next year.

At a debate Thursday night in Hampton, Republican Bob McDonnell and
Democrats Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran all
committed to raising the pay of Virginia teachers to the national average of more than $50,000 a year.

McDonnell also said he supports the concept of charter schools
and tuition tax credits.

The Democrats, meanwhile, voiced support for reducing class
sizes and universal state-sponsored prekindergarten.

The debate was sponsored by the Virginia Education Association.

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