Kirk was a 30-year public school teacher. Kirk’s mom was a school teacher. Kirk’s brother was a superintendent. Safe to say, Kirk knows a thing or two about educating students. Kirk’s record on education – from kindergarten to high school to college – is stronger than any other candidate in the field.
Kirk recognizes the value of investing in students, providing school choice, giving teachers the resources and support they need, and standing up to the top-down administrative bureaucracies that have failed our students. As a Delegate and as Speaker of the House, Kirk prioritized increasing education funding and supported policies to improve outcomes. When it comes to education, Kirk’s record speaks for itself.
As Governor, Kirk will continue to empower students and parents, improve our public school schools, provide more access to career opportunities, and make college more affordable. His priorities will be:
- Empowering students and parents with more access and options in education, allowing us to craft a unique path for every child. It’s time to shake up the traditional model and do things differently.
- Improving our public schools by fully funding school construction, raising teacher pay to at or above the national average, prioritizing spending in the classroom, and reducing bureaucratic programs that take away from our core needs.
- Focusing on the path from a good education to good career opportunities, including additional emphasis on internships, vocational training, and credentials in high-demand fields.
- Making college more affordable by expanding online opportunities, freezing tuition increases, and leveraging business partnerships.
The Proven Candidate
Kirk is the only candidate in the race who has actually been an educator and the only candidate with a proven record in education:
- Kirk passed the bill to reduce the number of SOL tests for students in elementary and middle school.
- Kirk carried the legislation to end teacher tenure and improve the teacher evaluation system to increase accountability.
- Kirk helped create the education scholarship tax credit for private schools, and supported the creation of Education Savings Accounts.
- As Speaker, Kirk froze tuition at colleges and universities for the first time in 20 years.
- Kirk wrote the bill to cap student athletic fees.
- Kirk created the Online Virginia Network, an online pathway to degree completion for working parents, veterans and other adult learners.