Gov. McAuliffe pushes for overhaul of VA high schools

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants an overhaul of the state's high schools so that they are geared toward hands-on learning and helping students get jobs in advanced fields, like cyber security and biotechnology.

McAuliffe outlined a series of education and workforce development legislative proposals at the Capitol Tuesday, a day before lawmakers return for the 2016 legislative session.

Among them is a proposal allowing schools to hire industry experts as temporary career or technical education teachers.

The Democratic governor has made economic development a top priority. He has repeatedly stressed that the state's education system should be more focused on training students for jobs in high-demand areas, like in the cyber-defense industry and high tech manufacturing.

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