We take pride in the caliber of our public schools, and our children have benefited immensely from the school systems we have in Northern Virginia. Many of our high schools are nationally ranked, and our students are afforded a wide range of educational opportunities. Virginia is also recognized for its outstanding public colleges and universities. Senator Barker has passed a number of important education initiatives, including bills to give students enrolled in International Baccalaureate and Cambridge courses AP-equivalent credit, to allow veterans settling in Virginia and members of the National Guard to receive in-state tuition, and to excuse children from classes because of religious holidays. He also introduced legislation to establish a revolving loan for construction.