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Governor Promotes Education Plan In Address

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promoted his education plan Saturday in what the governor´s office says will be the first of regular weekly radio addresses.

The governor´s address, which ran a little over two minutes, called for voters to support his proposed constitutional amendment linking teacher pay to merit rather than tenure. He said the current system doesn´t reward good teachers.

Schwarzenegger also mentioned a proposal to repeal laws that prevent schools from using private companies for janitorial, cafeteria and other services.

Schwarzenegger´s message comes after the California Teachers Association began running advertisements statewide that criticized the governor´s budget proposal. The teachers union is also opposed to Schwarzenegger´s merit pay plan.