- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers say they will make improving the state’s public schools a top priority during the upcoming legislative session.

House Republican leaders outlined a series of measures during a conference call with reporters Thursday. The proposals are aimed at improving how the state trains teachers, administers standardized tests, and grades schools.

GOP lawmakers want to replace the current A-F system of grading schools with a more comprehensive school report card and allow strong performing schools to avoid having to undergo the accreditation process every year.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe outlined his education-related priorities Wednesday during a news conference at a school in Norfolk. He wants to increase spending on Pre-K and allow retired teachers to teach at struggling school systems without losing their retirement benefits.

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