EDUCATION: Keeping Fairfax A Leader
Here in Fairfax, we boast one of the nation's best public education systems. I’m proud to have grandchildren currently in the public school system, and my wife has been a substitute teacher and a long-time elementary school volunteer here in the Braddock district.
- Support our Teachers: Fairfax County teachers have done an outstanding job preparing students for college and providing fulfilling education for special-needs and special-programs students. I respect the hard work these teachers do every day, and our county needs to express its appreciation with a commitment to competitive pay. We can’t afford to lose teachers to neighboring regions, and an investment in educators is an investment in Fairfax.
- Better Access to Career Technical Training (CTE): Our public schools can excel not only for college-bound students but also for those interested in technical training. There are high-paying jobs available for skilled high-school graduates with the right training. As a community, we can develop programs that readily incorporate technical training for older students while also developing mentorship and apprenticeship programs.
- Mental Health Safety: Bullying, self-destructive behavior, and even suicides are too common in today’s schools. As Supervisor, I will work with the Board of Education to develop opportunities for teachers—and parents—to build a safer, healthier social environment for our children. I’m invested in this: All of our children and grandchildren deserve a nurturing and stimulating environment in which to grow intellectually and socially.