Education

“Education doesn’t begin with some isolated bureaucrat in Washington.  It doesn’t even begin with state or local officials.  Education begins in the home, where it is a parental right and responsibility.”   - Ronald Reagan 

Educated in public schools from kindergarten through law school, I understand the importance of a sound public education.  I will fight to ensure that every student finds the same opportunities from our schools that I experienced.  But, I also recognize the right and responsibility to educate our children lies foremost with parents—not politicians.  Parents must be trusted to choose how best to educate their children.  

That’s why I support school choice.  I will defend any initiative that gives parents a meaningful choice in their children’s education. And I will support lawful efforts to increase access to charter schools in Virginia.  

For some families, the right choice is education in the home.  I support parents’ rights to choose home schooling.  Having played sports throughout my youth, I also understand the important life lessons that flow from participation in team sports.  No child, regardless of how they are educated, should be deprived of the ability to participate in school sports.