Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Va. Gov. Will NOT Commit Public Schools To The President's New Education Initiative

Governor Bob McDonnell has announced that he will not commit Virginia's public schools to join President Barack Obama's "Race to the Top" Program. McDonnell believes the initiative would lower Virginias curriculum standards. The plan would also include more educational mandates on the states choosing to participate.

McDonnell has supported most of President Obamas education reforms, which have included merit pay and charter schools. Obama's "Race to the Top" Program aims to increase student achievement. However, current Virginia Standards of Learning requirements are currently more rigorous than Obamas initiative.

McDonnell did add in his comments that he believed the President's initiative could be the right approach for other states.

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