A quality education is key to the success of every individual and our economy. While traditionally Virginia’s schools rank well in comparison to other states, the school closures due to the pandemic have left many parents and students struggling. First and foremost, it’s essential that every child be given the option of receiving in-person instruction five days a week. I was pleased to support legislation during the 2021 General Assembly session that would require just that. However, efforts to make it effective for the remainder of the 2021-2021 school year were rejected by the majority – leaving many students waiting until next school year to have that opportunity while risk falling further behind in the meantime.

Recognizing the monumental need for remediation efforts and the additional supports that will be needed for many of our students, I sponsored legislation to establish a comprehensive task force comprised of a diverse group of education professionals, parents and other stakeholders to examine exactly what remediation supports may be necessary and how they can be implemented to ensure achievement gaps do not widen further.