Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants an overhaul of Virginia's high schools so 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.