education

Our goal is to advance a progressive agenda for public education in the 7th Congressional District that promotes equity of opportunity and racial and socioeconomic diversity in our schools.
classroom
The Trump AdMinistration's Slow Undoing of the Department of Education

On November 23, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Betsy DeVos, a pay-for-play billionaire with no experience working in public schools, to be his secretary of education. This move signaled to students, parents, educators, and public school advocates that Trump intended to make good on his promise to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. 

OUR VIEWS

Legislation
choice legislation

We oppose "choice" programs at both the federal and state levels. Vouchers drain funds from public schools under the guise of offering a choice of schools. In reality, they disguise ways to fund religious schools, that we believe constitutes a violation of the Constitution 's Establishment Clause. 

Meals
HEALTHY MEALS FOR ALL KIDS

We want to make sure all kids can eat a healthy meal without running up a lunchroom debt and without being subjected to lunchroom shaming actions.

Prison
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

We want to make sure kids don't become part of the "school-to-prison pipeline" because many are referred too quickly to law enforcement over simple disciplinary infractions.  

Bully
ANTI-BULLYING

We will take a strong stand against bullying and violence in schools by working to establish restorative justice and more mentoring approaches to reduce tensions among students.

PreK
PRE-K EDUCATION

We will work toward increasing the number of pre-K education classes, especially for disadvantaged student populations.

Special Needs
SPECIAL NEEDS

We support continued protections for special needs and handicapped students currently available to them under the federal IDEA.

Funding
ADEQUATE SCHOOL FUNDING

We want schools to have adequate funding from federal, state and local sources and we will work toward that end for all our 7th District schools. This includes adequate funding for teacher salaries and for school supplies.

Testing
CURBING EXCESSIVE HIGH STAKES TESTING

We want to ease the burden and stress teachers and students currently face because Virginia's standards-based testing has gotten out of control and has strayed from its original mission. We will lobby decision makers to curb this program.

Curriculum
A BALANCED CURRICULUM

We want to press for the inclusion of art, drama, public speaking, foreign language, and vocational training in the curriculum which has been slowly squeezed out by emphasis on core curricula and high stakes testing. We will advocate more field trips that enhance the learning experience.

Facilities
ADEQUATE FACILITIES

We want to press for safe and clean, renovated and new construction. We support modern facilities that contribute to 21st century teaching and learning.