“Education is key to success – it’s that simple. Our strong public education system is what makes Virginia an economic powerhouse. We need to protect and build on this success—not let the Trump Administration privatize our schools.”
When Gene was age 10, he suddenly lost his father--the owner of a small lumber business. His single mother had to raise him and his three older brothers alone--and try to keep the business afloat under very challenging times. Because he devoted more time to the lumber yard than to the library, Gene nearly flunked out of high school. But only through the intervention of a Jesuit university professor who gave him a second chance, was Gene able to get back on track: a long journey that took him from that small lumber yard to teaching at Harvard Law School. No matter where you start, Gene knows firsthand that education can be the great equalizer for many families--and a wonderful provider of second chances.
As Lt. Governor, Gene will fight to strengthen public schools for students, parents, and teachers. He strongly supports expanding early childhood initiatives. He’ll make sure that teachers are empowered to teach students--and not just prepare them for tests. He’ll stop any effort to divert money from classrooms into private or religious schools through ill-advised voucher programs. And Gene will use his position on the Council on Virginia’s Future to find ways to reduce the cost of higher education, so more hard-working Virginia students can access higher education. On public education, Gene speaks from the heart: he and his wife Diane have proudly sent all three of their children to Alexandria's public schools, including T.C. Williams High.