RICHMOND (WUSA) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is introducing two programs designed to boost teacher and student performance at under-performing schools, while also saving the state money.
The governor wants to implement a performance pay incentive program. Teachers at 190 schools identified as "hard to staff" will be rewarded up to five thousand dollars if their students meet academic and attendance standards. The governor says the incentive is modeled after one given to state employees.
Governor McDonnell also wants to give a tax credit to businesses that donate money to non-profit organizations that provide scholarships to underprivileged students who attend non-public elementary or secondary schools.
The governor says the state will save money.
Many public school superintendents don't like the governor's plans. They call the it "irresponsible", saying it will do more harm than good, especially with the governor planning to reduce funding for public schools in the coming year.
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