Youngkin, McAuliffe make stops in Roanoke ahead of Election Day

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – It’s Election Day Eve and candidates are making their final push for votes.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are vying for the governor’s seat.

Both were in Roanoke on Monday, Nov. 1 to drive up support for the election on Tuesday, Nov. 2. One of the biggest topics of conversation was education.

McAuliffe says that currently, Virginia ranks 50th for teacher pay in the United States. He says that he will make sure teachers are paid above the national average and adds that there will be more incentives for anyone who is willing to teach in high-demand areas.

“We will be the first state. We will pay your room, board and tuition if you’ll teach for five years in any university, college or HBCU here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for governor

He says he will also work to increase access to Pre-K.

Youngkin says he will also increase funding for education, saying he wants to raise teacher salaries and provide funding for aging school buildings and special education programs.

He says that he will also invest in charter school programs with a desire to have parents have the choice in what school system their children attend.

“The Commonwealth has eight charter schools in the entire school system. Eight. Maryland has 140 and North Carolina has 190. We have eight. We gotta get moving. So, on day one, we will launch 20 new innovation charter schools in our public school system.”

Glenn Youngkin, Republican candidate for governor

Youngkin says he will make sure more accelerated courses are taught to students and that critical race theory is banned from classrooms.

Polls will be open in Virginia between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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