Former Governor of Virginia and current Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe announced his intention to crackdown on white teachers in the name of diversifying Virginia’s schools on Sunday.
As Fox News reports:
“We got to work hard to diversify our teacher base,” McAuliffe said at a campaign event in Manassas Sunday.
“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 continued. “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.”
McAuliffe’s reference to historically Black colleges and universities and his framing the program as intended to address this racial disparity suggest that he intends to use the program as a kind of affirmative action, prioritizing non-White prospective teachers.
The McAuliffe campaign did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the issue. The campaign did not clarify whether McAuliffe supports racial quotas for teachers. His campaign platform aims to “address modern-day segregation in our schools” and aims to “cultivate the next generation of highly qualified and diverse educators.”
Though McAuliffe previously ran on the promise of raising teacher pay in 2013, in spite of winning that race low teacher pay remains a major problem in Virginia.