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School Board Member Schultz to Hold Three Town Hall Meetings on FCPS Priorities

This could be your chance to weigh in on the issues that the School Board should tackle.

Springfield District School Board Member Elizabeth L. Schultz will conduct three town hall meetings this month to discuss priorities within the Fairfax County Public School system. 

The meetings will be held as follows: 

So, what issues should the school system focus on in 2013? Tell us in the comments section below!

Kathy Keith January 12, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Here’s my take on common sense solutions for FCPS. 1.Provide quality “basic instruction” for every student in FCPS—to include a reasonable class size. 2. Provide the minimum instruction required by public law for students with special needs. 3.Evaluate and analyze current extra programs for both “regular” students and special needs students. Try to develop a balance in the distribution of extra programs. Programs that I would question: Is it good value to keep a magnet program at Bailey’s’ Elementary when the school is so overcrowded. Is FCPS getting “value” for the money spent here? Could the additional money spent at Bailey’s be better used by providing additional staffing in other schools? I understand that the money for transportation alone is quite high. How many FCPS students would benefit if the money were put into staffing at other schools? Fairfax caps did an analysis of the staff at Gatehouse. It would appear to be bloated. Could not staff be cut there and put into the classroom?
Kathy Keith January 12, 2013 at 03:26 PM
(cont) The AAP program is out of control. Is this the best use of FCPS funds? Has any data been collected to justify the size of this program? Does FCPS look at the scores in the high schools from AAP students compared to others? A lot of money is spent on transportation for this program even though many,many parents clog up Kiss and Ride(another serious problem in FCPS). Some schools are overcrowded because of AAP programs. The testing for this program has been compromised by “prep” classes for IQ tests. FLES—is this really good value when we have so many kids that cannot speak English? What is the purpose? If it is exposure, I guess it is “nice to have”. If it is to learn the language—not so much. Some elementary schools teach Chinese—and yet Chinese is not offered at the middle school the students attend. There does not seem to be any continuity to this program. Is it really worthwhile when funds are so tight? Could the money be better spent? TJ math remediation: enough said. TJ minority recruiter. It is not working. What is the point in paying a full time employee to recruit for TJ? Minority rations stayed the same after the new evaluation process--but the new TJ students need remediation. Something is wrong here. Please Mrs. Schultz, try again to get that auditor.
Virginia Fitz Shea January 15, 2013 at 06:50 PM
End the Monday early dismissals of the elementary school students. Provide full day Mondays for students and other methods of providing planning time for teachers.
Therese Tuley January 15, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Healthy and safe school start times for all students, K-12. If Loudoun and many other school systems of all shapes and sizes can do it, I am confident that a great school system like FCPS can do it. Kudos to the school board for their April 2012 resolution to make healthy start times a goal. Change is a challenge, but the science is in: this is a public health issue and communities across the country are becoming of aware of the need for this change.

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