Deeds Touts Education Plan

Still0909_00000Creigh Deeds says he wants to make it easier — and cheaper — for Virginia students to go to college.

The Democratic candidate for governor rolled out his education plan Wednesday in front of a crowd of students at Virginia Union University, a historically black, private college in Richmond.

Deeds’ proposal calls for a statewide scholarship that would pay half of a student’s tuition, provided he or she gives two years of public service — such as working as a teacher or police officer — to the Commonwealth.

Deeds said his education agenda will cost about $40 million — money he claims can be found by stepping up debt collections and by selling surplus state properties.

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