Election Outcome Will Determine Trajectory of Public Education

The following letter to voters was published by the Fairfax County Times on November 3, 2023:

Dear Fairfax County Voters,

This upcoming election on Nov. 7 is the most important one that I can recall as a resident of Fairfax County. The outcome of this election will determine the trajectory of Fairfax County public education. The Fairfax County School Board is up for election – with four incumbents seeking re-election and eight open seats.

The quality of our public education is in a precipitous decline. From the latest SOLs, an unacceptable level of students failed reading (22%), writing (43%), math (25%) and history (38%). Minorities, economically disadvantaged, children with disabilities, and English learners did worse. The 2019–2023 SAT results declined 31 points and are lower than 2022. After two years of resuming in-person instruction, we can no longer blame lower scores on COVID-19.

Yet, the FCPS budget keeps rising. For Fiscal Year 2024, the FCPS budget grew $222 million dollars to reach an enormous $3.5 billion dollars despite less achievement and lower student enrollment. FCPS budget increases affect real estate taxes. Over the last four years, Fairfax County homeowners saw significant increases in their real estate tax bills, which in part offset FCPS budget increases. Every time real estate taxes rise, competent teachers find it harder to live and work in our community, worsening the teacher shortage.

The Superintendent and School Board members are from the same political party, and their actions during and after COVID reflect it. We need a board that isn’t plagued with group thinking and will work on solutions. Asking for more dollars from the taxpayers is not the answer.

We need an in-depth budget audit and redirect monies from the administration side of education to the classrooms. We need to rethink programs that are not working.

I believe parents should be involved in all aspects of their children’s education and well-being, and teachers need to be better supported.

Local elections typically have lower voter turnout, but this 2023 election is critical. Do we accept falling achievement, rising spending, and groupthink on the School Board — or steer FCPS in a better direction with a Board that represents other perspectives of the community?

Nov. 7 is Election Day, and early voting ends Nov. 4. Vote for change, our children, their future, and our community.

Sincerely,

Cassandra Aucoin
School Board, At-Large Candidate
Fairfax County

Visit FairfaxGOP.org/VoterInfo for voting locations, hours, and a Republican sample ballot.

Share This Article:

Newsletter Signup

Sign up to be the first to receive news and events from Fairfax GOP!
Electing Republicans At Every Level

Headquarters

PAID FOR BY FAIRFAX COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE
Powered by VOTEGTR

2024 U.S. Senate & Congressional Primary

GOP Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 18

Election Calendar

  • Early voting opens 5/3
  • 5/28 – Deadline to register to vote (otherwise, same-day registration with provisional ballot)
  • 6/7 – Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot​
  • 6/8 - One of two Saturdays open for early voting, and additional early voting locations open.
  • Early Voting ends 6/15
  • 6/18 – Election Day

We need you on our team in '24.

Get active in the effort to take back Fairfax County from the progressives hellbent on raising taxes, coddling criminals, and socializing public schools.
1
Step
2
Step
3
Step
4
Step
5
Step
6
Step
First things first. Are you receiving info about local GOP events and elections?

No problem. We can fix that right now.

Thanks. We won’t overload your inbox, but we will keep you in the loop on important Fairfax GOP info and events.

Do you want to recieve news of events via text msg?
By providing your phone number, you are consenting to receive recurring calls and SMS/MMS campaign and donation messages, including autodialed and automated calls and texts to that number from the Fairfax County Republican Committee. Msg & data rates may apply. You agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Text HELP for help and STOP to stop. Msg & data rates may apply.

The Fairfax GOP is recruiting new members who agree we need to draw a line in the sand and take our county back from the progressives.

Would you consider joining the Fairfax GOP as a voting member so you can have your say on committee business, candidates, and policy resolutions?*
No thanks. Take me back to the Fairfax GOP home page.