Gary Pan on Local Issues
Getting kids back to school is essential - every child deserves the opportunity to receive quality, in-person education. Too many students in Northern Virginia have received unequal treatment because too many politicians and bureaucrats have failed to follow the science and reopen schools safely. Gary is committed to expanding educational opportunities and will work with anyone to ensure schools and parents are equipped to do what's best for their students. Gary believes that in order to attract businesses to our area and to build a strong and diversified economy in Northern Virginia, we must have a strong education system. Gary will bring a greater focus to early childhood development, reducing class size for students at overcrowded schools, and fighting for more funding for local higher educational institutions.
Admission process - Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Merit and academic talent must be the admission standard for this renowned institution. No student who works hard, spends late nights studying, and devotes themselves to academic achievement should face discrimination. The lottery system designed to tip the scale against gifted children prevents the next generation of Virginia leaders from reaching their full potential and disproportionately punishes the Asian American community. Gary won't stand for discrimination in education.
Advance Studies Options for Students
VDE believes that there are too many Asian students taking advanced classes, and they have set out to make the pool more diverse. Instead of taking measures to ensure children of all races thrive in school, they would rather remove the opportunity for success altogether, providing mediocrity for all. My grandparents brought my family here from China 65 years ago, fleeing communism to give us a better life. They came to the land of opportunity, of freedom, to achieve the American Dream - and did. Yet today, my parents can barely recognize the America they came to. Our Democratic leaders in Richmond would rather sink some ships so that others may float. We need a new approach in Virginia, one that lifts up everyone and leaves no student behind.