As immigrants who learned English as a second language, both Mark and his wife were educated in public schools all the way through graduate levels. Their son and daughter also attended public schools from kindergarten to college.
Having benefited tremendously from these education experiences, Mark knows the value of having strong public schools for the individual students and for the community at large.
Serving on the House Education Committee, Mark has supported efforts to keep Virginia’s public schools as some of the best in the nation.
One of Mark’s concerns is the potential gap between what students learn in formal education today, and the needs of jobs in the future.
That is why he has focused on developing the workforce of the future by passing a bill to provide students with more information about apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning experiences.
To address some emotional and mental conditions of younger students on campus, Mark reduced the number of active shooter lockdown drills, increased the ratio of counselors and social workers available to students, protected students with concussions, and required menstrual supplies to be available in school restrooms.