McAuliffe says Far too Many Virginia Teachers are White

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe told voters Sunday he has a problem with the number of white teachers in Virginia.

In the final days of the race for governor against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, education has become the hot-button issue.

“We got to work hard to diversify our teacher base,” McAuliffe told supporters at a Manassas campaign stop.

“Fifty percent of our students are students of color, 80% of the teachers are White, so what I’m going to do for you, we’ll be the first state in America,” he said. “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.”

According to his campaign’s education plan, McAuliffe hopes to “address modern-day segregation in our schools” and “create an education equity and innovation commission and fund.”

Youngkin’s spokesman told Fox News “43-year career politician Terry McAullife failed to keep his promise 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.”

“Unlike McAuliffe, Youngkin will keep his promise to raise teacher pay and propose the largest education budget in Virginia history,” the spokesman added.