Each morning we all dash around getting ready for our day. I spend my mornings getting my daughters ready for their day, spent in a Fairfax County Public School. I’m proud of the public education my kids are getting locally, and I work to support their school and our teachers as PTA President.
Public school education is the great equalizer and is the cornerstone of a strong community and a strong democracy. I’m proud to have received a K-12 public school education, and to have had the support of my family and community to encourage me to do well. I grew up working class and my public-school education gave me the support I needed to succeed at Harvard, then Princeton for a Master’s Degree in public affairs, and finally at Yale for my law degree.
I believe that with the right support, encouragement, and funding, our public schools in Fairfax County can give our students what they need to be successful now and in years to come. Our teachers will find in me an ally (I am a law school professor), and someone who wants to see them succeed. As Chair of our County Board, public education will be one of my focal points – it is for me and my family, and I want it to be a priority for our county too.
One of the policies I’m passionate about is early childhood education. Without it, we’re putting some kids at a learning disadvantage and setting them up for failure before they even reach kindergarten. We can and must remove this institutional inequality. I’ll set the agenda for universal preschool so every child has a fair shot at learning. I also support our One Fairfax policy. Opportunity to learn and succeed shouldn’t be determined by which zip code a student lives in within Fairfax County.