Our children should have access to a quality education no matter their zip code. Chris graduated from Cox High School and all 5 of his children graduated from Virginia Beach Public Schools. To address the teacher shortage that Virginia is facing, Chris supported a bill that grants teacher licensure to military spouses that are licensed in another state (HB2, 2018). Chris has consistently voted to increase education funding and supported teacher raises including 5% this year. Higher education is vital to the Commonwealth as well, and this year Chris supported legislation that will freeze public university tuition and increase financial aid. Chris has also passed legislation to ensure that Military spouses have access to in-state tuition (HB 1848, 2011) and surviving military spouses and dependents have access to education benefits from the state (HB 576, 2014). For his efforts to strengthen Virginia’s education system, Chris was awarded the Hampton Roads Workforce Council Workforce Innovation Award.