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Va. Candidates' Education Plans

The Washington Post
Sunday, September 14, 1997

Democrat Donald S. Beyer Jr. and Republican James S. Gilmore III say education is their top priority in their campaigns to become Virginia's next governor. Following are highlights of their education plans.

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Beyer's Plan
All estimated costs over four years
Raise teacher salaries to national average $400 million

Provide $2,000 college scholarships for high school students with B averages, and double money available for low-income students $280 million

Continue college tuition freeze $80 million

Help 250,000 adults receive GED's $6 million

Bring all kindergarten to third-grade class sizes to 15 students (requiring 971 new teachers) $39 million

Place reading teachers in all 800 elementary schools $10-15 million

Preschool for all at-risk 4-year-olds $31 million

Require PSAT tests for all 10th graders $2.5 million

Create a professional standards board for teachers Minimal Cost

Total Cost: At least $848.5 million-$853.5 million

Gilmore's Plan
All estimated costs over four years
Hire 4,000 new elementary teachers $200 million

Provide $2,000 college scholarships for students with B averages $240 million

Continue college tuition freeze $80 million

Issue report cards on each school No cost available

Open charter schools No cost available

Provide liability insurance for teachers $12 million

Apoint panel to study higher education system Minimal cost



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