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McAuliffe promises minority educators free tuition, wants lower percentage of white teachers

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/1/2021 Asher Notheis
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Ahead of Tuesday's election, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has promised to increase the amount of nonwhite teachers in the state in order to "diversify" its educational system.

McAuliffe attended a campaign event in Manassas on Sunday to rally support against his opponent, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. The Virginia Democrat lamented that while 50% of Virginia students are racial minorities, roughly 80% of Virginia teachers are white. McAuliffe also offered a plan to change that, according to Fox News.

"If you go teach in Virginia for five years in a high-demand area — that could be geographic, it could be course work — we will pay room, board, tuition, any college, any university, or any HBCU here in Virginia," McAuliffe said during the rally.

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Education has been a focal issue of the Virginia state election. In addition to promising to diversify the state's teachers, McAuliffe has previously promised to increase pay for teachers. Youngkin has similarly promised to raise teacher salaries and has announced plans to ban critical race theory from school curricula.

A spokesperson for Youngkin declined to give the Washington Examiner a comment on McAuliffe's Sunday night statement, instead pivoting to the former Virginia governor's political record.

"Forty-three-year career politician Terry McAuliffe failed to keep his promises to raise teacher pay to the national average the first time he ran for governor, so now he’s trying to scare teachers by lying about Glenn Youngkin’s education plan," the spokesman told Fox News. "Unlike McAuliffe, Youngkin will keep his promise to raise teacher pay and propose the largest education budget in Virginia history."

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An internal poll conducted by co/efficient on Thursday found Youngkin ahead of McAuliffe by 4 percentage points.

A spokesperson for McAuliffe did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

 

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