RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will ask legislators to spend an additional $5 million to help the expensive northern Virginia region compete for top-notch public school teachers.
The Democrat made the announcement in his first State of the Commonwealth address Monday night to the General Assembly.
McAuliffe also said he supports expanding pre-kindergarten programs and reforming the Standards of Learning tests.
He said he got an earful from Virginians about the SOLs on the campaign trail. People complained about over-testing students and suggested using essay tests to measure knowledge and cognitive reasoning.
McAuliffe said the SOLs have been a success, but they're a generation old and need to be modified.
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