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McAuliffe outlines education proposals

Monday - 1/13/2014, 8:30pm  ET

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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