Question: Why did you decide to get involved in the charter schools movement?
Answer: It all goes back to one day about 15 years ago, when I was in my early 30s. I was wrapped up in my career in the political world when I got a call that my brother had died of an apparent drug overdose. That set me thinking: "What was so different about our two lives?" One answer was education. When I looked at my brother, he had a lot to offer, but he was never given the chance at school. He wasn't given the amount of attention he needed to succeed.
Q: So how did the lives of you and your brother diverge in high school?
A: We had just moved to the Cupertino area and in high school, we were surrounded by the kids of Hewlett Packard engineers who felt college was an entitlement, not a dream. That rubbed off on me. But my brother didn't fit in as easily as I did. He got into trouble by doing too much drugs. He had to go into the U.S. Navy because a judge told him he either had to go into the Navy or go to jail. I never took any drugs. I went on to college. I drove a Volvo; he drove a motorcycle. After he left the Navy, he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident and got addicted again to painkilling drugs. He died of an accidental drug overdose.
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