Our public schools are our most vital resource, especially considering the growing affordability gap to get a college education. As a graduate of William Byrd High School, Ben Shepherd knows firsthand the value of our schools. Ben believes that we must maintain the arts in our schools and expand technical and vocational offerings to create both well-rounded adults and prepare students for careers. He also supports paying teachers fair salaries in line with both regional and national averages, because a school is only as good as its educators.