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Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) unveiled a plan Tuesday morning that he hopes will develop a talented workforce and equip young people with the skills needed in a global economy.
The Investing in our Workers plan was designed after more than a year of input from educators, business owners and students across Virginia, according to Kaine’s campaign.
The four areas of the plan are: ensuring children receive personalized instruction; revitalizing science, technology, engineering and math education; elevating the importance of career and technical education; and streamlining federal workforce development programs.
The plan implements strategies Kaine worked on as governor when he opened five workforce training centers and created nine career and technical academies.
Kaine faces another former governor, George Allen (R), in one of the most closely watched Senate races in November.
Allen’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: “Tim Kaine’s latest public relations campaign is little more than another attempt to rewrite his record of cutting education funding,” said Emily Davis, an Allen spokeswoman. “Tim Kaine made what he called ‘significant’ cuts to higher education that caused tuition increases of over 30%, making college less affordable for Virginia families and students. He proposed hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts for K-12 education, including a plan that would have blocked $120 million in new funding for Northern Virginia schools.”