Investing in K-12 Education.
Implementing full-day kindergarten for all children in Loudoun County and making an investment in early childhood development will provide the foundation for children to become positive contributors to our community. While Loudoun is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, it is still one of only three jurisdictions in Virginia without full-day kindergarten. The state budget is about priorities. Clearly the politicians in Richmond have not acted with urgency regarding K-12 education in Loudoun County.
As the first person in my family to earn a college degree, I know how important a college education is to breaking the cycle of poverty and providing a pathway to achieving the American Dream. In Richmond, I will fight against tuition increases, ensure we are investing in higher education because it is unacceptable that Virginia is now 6th in the nation for having the highest in-state tuition rates. We must break the cycle of saddling our young adults with excessive student loan debt. Since 2009, in-state tuition and fees have increased by approximately 7% annually; increases have been as high as 10% and 13% annually, which is a hidden tax on every parent with a child in college.