Published: Sep 28, 2010 5:33 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 28, 2010 2:33 PM EDT

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Republican Rick Scott is emphasizing merit pay for teachers, expanded choice and more virtual schooling in his education plan.

The gubernatorial candidate appeared at a North Lauderdale charter school Tuesday, where he visited classrooms and tried to explain his plan to students.

Scott says just "throwing more taxpayer dollars at an outdated system" won't work. He's calling for compensating teachers based on student performance and letting parents know how much funding schools receive and where the cash is spent.

The multimillionaire businessman also wants an expansion of so-called virtual school programs, saying "the very notion of the traditional classroom must be challenged."