Education

Grassroots Education Activist

  • As the mother of two daughters and a former PTA board member, I’ve worked for years to strengthen our local schools.
  • As  the Education Aide for Supervisor John Foust, I worked with Dranesville District schools and nonprofits to provide necessities for children from families with limited financial resources - including weekend food bags, winter coats, shoe drives, bike helmets and more.
  • As a legislator, I’ve continued this work on behalf of our children, adding menstrual supplies to the items provided to our students.
  • As Parent Education Chair for the Unified Prevention Coalition, I organized events and programs to discuss ways to prevent alcohol and drug abuse with our teens, the importance of sleep and stress management, and the overall health and wellness of our students. 
  • Proud to have been awarded Virginia Education Association’s “Solid as a Rock” for my voting history on education.
  • Will continue to support increased funding for Virginia schools
    • I know it is essential that the state fully meet its constitutional responsibility to adequately fund K through 12 education.  
    • State direct aid per student, adjusted for inflation, is up 16% in Loudoun County and up 14% in Fairfax County.
    • We need to do more: statewide per-pupil funding, adjusted for inflation, for K-12 education has declined 9 percent since the 2008-2009 school year while the student population is projected to have grown by more than 53,000 students and staffing has declined by 1,242 positions.
  • Support innovative teaching and increased autonomy in the classroom.
  • I’ve worked in the General Assembly to  help teachers gain autonomy in the classroom and help our students move away from the focus of  standardized multiple-choice tests instead of being able to focus on critical thinking and problem solving.
  • I was proud to cosponsor the recess bill passed last session.
  • One of my new initiatives is to bring mindfulness, yoga and other stress management techniques to alleviate the high stress of our students and teachers..
  • I support legislation to address inequities in treatment of minorities and special education students. 
    • Cosponsored legislation to stop the school to prison pipeline for minorities by requiring alternatives to suspension and expulsion and unequal harsh consequences for minorities
    • Working to stop the use of isolation and restraint as discipline tools; support the use of de-escalation techniques and trauma-informed training
    • Working the  deaf and hard of hearing community to ensure that language goals are identified and met

Legislative Record on Education

  • HB 121, copatron, Community Schools
  • HB 147, copatron, protect student cell phone info from FOIA release
  • HB 159, copatron, Updated Family Life Education to require instruction that is medically accurate and appropriate for the age of the student in family living and community relationships, removes abstinence focus and man-woman-child marriage and family focus
  • HB 350, copatron, full day Kindergarten
  • HB 442, copatron, career and technical education credentials; testing accommodations for English language learners.
  • HB 624, copatron, tax credit for money spent on classroom materials by teacher, instructor, counselor, principal, or aide
  • HB 632, copatron, passed, requires school boards to offer “career investigations” courses, including career and technical education opportunities in middle and secondary schools
  • HB 668, copatron, require alternatives to suspension - goal of stopping the school to prison pipeline; while problem behavior occurs equally among racial groups, discipline is much harsher for minority students
  • HB 968, copatron, Virginia Student Loan Authority 
  • HB 1223, copatron, include age appropriate teaching re sexual abuse in FLE
  • HB 1419, copatron, more recess/2019 Pushing for Yoga, mindfulness and quiet time
  • HJR 126, copatron, a study to identify the true costs of meeting the standards of quality for providing public education - it failed