- Open schools for in-person education, 5 days a week
- School choice and vouchers so that tax dollars follow the student, and give parents control
- Merit-based admission standards for Governor’s Schools (TJ High School) and academic programs
- High academic standards, such as advanced math & science, so students can compete in a global economy
- Focus on academics not critical race theory (CRT)
Fairfax County Public Schools By the Numbers:
- 10th largest school system
- ~75% of Fairfax County’s 1.1 million residents do not currently have children in FCPS
- 198 schools and centers
- 800+ trailers
- 27.5 million square feet of covered infrastructure facilities, plus another 1+ million square feet in temporary facilities (trailers)
- 1,630 buses, the largest school bus fleet in the United States
- 18.5 million bus miles traveled annually transporting 130,000 students daily
- 15,287 teacher positions
- 24,121 total full-time positions (includes teacher positions)
- ~14,000 additional part-time positions
- 12 Board Members – nine by Magisterial District, three at-Large – all serve 4 year terms
- 4 total number of Board Members each voter may cast a ballot for; , 1 for the voter’s Magisterial District and three at-Large.
- $2,870,278,776 Billion operational budget – primarily funded by Fairfax County residents (70.1 percent). The balance of the funding is from the Commonwealth of Virginia (23.1 percent), other sources (6.8 percent) and the federal government (1.6 percent)
- ~53% of the entire Fairfax County budget is transferred by the Board of Supervisors to the School Board for the FCPS Budget
- $404,874,411 of the $2.9 Billion budget is for retirement
- $155 Million in additional funds is for the Capital Improvement Plan Budget
- $15,318 average cost per student
- Budget Documents: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/budget/budget-documents
- Budget Questions and Responses: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/budget/budget-question-responses
- Capital Improvement Program: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/facilities-planning-future/capital-improvement-program
- School Board: https://www.fcps.edu/school-board
- Cox Channel 21 – Televised School Board Meetings
- School Board Meetings: https://www.fcps.edu/school-board/school-board-meetings
- School Board Meeting agendas, minutes, videos and photos: https://www.fcps.edu/school-board/agenda_minutes_photos
- FCPS Livestream: https://www.fcps.edu/tv
- School Board Meetings on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSz76NCRDYQF3hPS2qS2SGEcoO4__Yd7Z
- Archived School Board Meeting Videos: https://www.fcps.edu/node/32692
- School Board Standing Committees: https://www.fcps.edu/school-board/school-board-committees
- About FCPS: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps
- One Fairfax: https://www.fcps.edu/onefairfax
Today Governor Glenn Youngkin received the Department of Education’s report “Our Commitment to Virginians: High Expectations and Excellence for All Students.” The education report builds upon Governor Youngkin’s direction in Executive Order One issued on his first day in office. The Governor affirmed his guiding principles to address troubling data trends and outlined policy recommendations to restore excellence in education in Virginia.
As reported in several prior posts on this site, the Fairfax County School Board paid Ibram X. Kendi $20,000 for a one-hour Zoom appearance in August 2020 at the kick-off session for the school year. Fairfax County schools spent an additional $44,000 to purchase his books.
Fairfax Schools Monitor wanted to see what the school officials said about Kendi, and what words of wisdom he conveyed, that warranted paying him $333.33 per minute. (Not a bad rate of pay for someone who preaches that to love capitalism is to love racism!)
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s discriminatory admissions process will continue as litigation against the high school proceeds, after the Supreme Court declined an emergency application from the Coalition for TJ to vacate an appeals court stay in the case.
This decision comes as thousands of eighth-graders await an acceptance letter from the nation’s top-ranked school.
Are you the parent of a high schooler looking to augment your child’s formal education? The Reagan Academy, a new project of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, might be the answer for your family.
“The Reagan Academy offers high school students the opportunity to transform themselves as impactful civic minded leaders
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears recently joined Fox & Friends to discuss parental rights in K-12 education. “Children do belong to their parents, not the state,” Sears noted.
During her interview, Sears mentioned two laws Governor Youngkin signed into law. “One of them was that the state Board of Education would convene a panel to include parents so that they can help make decisions about what their children are going to learn and another one was that any sexually explicit materials that are going to be provided to children, parents must be notified,” the lieutenant governor said.
The Fairfax GOP is blasting last night’s rushed vote of the county school board to hire Michelle Reid as the district’s new superintendent. Reid currently leads the struggling Northshore School District in Washington State. She was hired last night by Fairfax County Public Schools in a 9 to 3 board vote.
“The selection of Michelle Reid — like the selection process itself — is further evidence of the sheer contempt school board members have for the students, parents, and taxpayers of Fairfax County. Particularly stunning is the fact that Dr. Reid’s Northshore School District was among the very last in Washington State to reopen
Richmond, VA – Attorney General Miyares today announced he is leading an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court against the discriminatory and illegal admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, Virginia.
A coalition of parents, alumni and community members filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to vacate the Fourth Circuit’s stay in the coalition’s lawsuit challenging the admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ).
The coalition’s lawsuit asserts that the admissions process specifically aims to reduce the number of Asian American students admitted to TJ in violation of their constitutional rights.