McAuliffe speaks in Norfolk on improving public education

Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks with children while at Norfolk Public Schools. The governor announced his plans for improving public eduation. (WAVY/Rob Rizzo)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Serving breakfast, giving retired educators a chance to teach again and requiring daycare programs to apply for an operating license — these are some of the proposals Gov. Terry McAuliffe unveiled Wednesday in Norfolk as part of his plans to improve public education.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks  about his next steps in education legislation for the General Assembly. (WAVY/Erin Kelly)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks about his next steps in education legislation for the General Assembly. (WAVY/Erin Kelly)

The governor spoke in Norfolk Public School’s Technical Center about his next steps in education legislation for the upcoming General Assembly. He said he wants to focus on preschool-aged children. The goal: to get kids into good education habits while they’re young.

Video: McAuliffe on education plan

Highlights of McAuliffe’s plan include overcoming logistical issues with serving breakfast at schools, pulling retired teachers back into classrooms where there are teacher shortages, and funds to train principals and school board members in struggling school divisions.

The proposal also rolls out new requirements for childcare providers receiving state subsidies, as well as unlicensed day home facilities.

The governor also visited a preschool classroom that serves as a lab setting for high school students preparing for careers in early childhood education.

Secretary of Education Anne Holton was at the event, which was hosted by Norfolk Public Schools.

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