HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli proposed constitutional amendments for his educational plan.
The amendment would give the State Board of Education the authority to establish charter schools within school divisions.
Currently, charter schools have to be approved by the local school district within boundaries it would be operating. According to Cuccinelli's plan, this creates a conflict of interest because school districts don't want competition.
Candidate for attorney general Mark Herring made several campaign stops in the valley on Tuesday. WHSV asked him about his views regarding the education plan.
At the time WHSV spoke to Herring, he said he did not know the specifics about Cuccinelli's plan. He said in general he supports improving public education. However, he is against proposals if they take away funding.
"What that does is divert a lot of resources away from public education and what we need to do is strengthen our public schools," said Herring.
Herring's office sent a statement after the interview, regarding his views on the plan.
“We need a strong education system and the plan Ken Cuccinelli presented today once again puts his radical views ahead of the future of Virginia. Cuccinelli’s plan will deprive our public schools the funding they desperately need. I’m proud of my support from the Virginia Education Association and my career fighting for a better public school system. As Attorney General I will continue working with parents and teachers to improve our public school system," according to the statement.
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