Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) has maintained its standards for demonstrated excellence, particularly in STEM disciplines, in great part from its steadfast support of the Fairfax County Business Community and individuals who champion academic ability. Forward thinkers knew that Virginia’s ability to attract companies to build the economy in science and technology was dependent on a stellar educational system.
On December 7, 2020, Black and Brown parents — Dr. Harry Jackson and journalist, Ms. Asra Nomani, parents of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology students — filed a formal complaint with Fairfax County Public Schools…
Citing the “detrimental effects” of the educational status quo, Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts is calling for the county’s government-run schools to reopen their doors — or give out vouchers so families can find alternatives.
“For too many students, virtual learning has been a disaster,” Knotts said today. “Sadly, the detrimental effects of long-term school closures are not confined to academics — the mental health consequences of social isolation are very real.”
Allowing families to choose schools that are more suited to their children may play a key role in improving student mental health, including reducing adolescent suicide rates, suggests new research published in the peer-reviewed journal School Effectiveness and School Improvement.
The study is the first of its kind to examine the relationship between U.S. school choice policies and teen suicide and mental health issues.
Fairfax Dems unleashed a tweetstorm Tuesday evening, raging against critics of the “all-Democratic Fairfax County School Board.” Notwithstanding the school board’s many failures, county Democrats vowed to back all current board members, including those facing down a grassroots recall effort.
The nonpartisan “OpenFCPS” coalition issued a scathing response Tuesday night
The great Walter E. Williams, who taught economics at Fairfax County’s George Mason University, died last week. Dr. Williams was 84 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife and soulmate, Connie.
Dr. Williams was a gifted economist and beloved educator. Known for his unwavering defense of human freedom, Dr. Williams authored 11 books and numerous op-eds. His final column was about the modern tragedy of public education.
Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts was on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall radio program, discussing the vital importance of Georgia’s runoff elections for U.S. Senate, to be held on January 5, 2021. Barring unforeseen changes, the Georgia runoffs will determine the Senate majority.
The Fairfax GOP is organizing volunteers to boost Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate nominees David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
A note from Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts: “Fellow Republicans, please take a moment to read this important update from Virginia GOP Chairman Richard L. Anderson, Republican National Committeewoman Patti Lyman and Republican National Committeeman Morton C. Blackwell. Virginia Republicans are fortunate to have such principled conservative leaders who forthrightly stand with President Donald J. Trump and his agenda for continued national greatness.”
The Coalition for TJ, a grassroots project of 8,000+ parents, students, alumni and local residents advocating for diversity and excellence in education, recently held a virtual forum on the magnet school’s vital role as a catalyst for innovation and growth in the Northern Virginia region.
The forum, moderated by Thomas Jefferson Institute President Chris Braunlich, featured a dynamic list of panelists.
The Fairfax GOP will hold its next general meeting (virtually) on Monday, December 8 at 7:30 PM.
All Republicans are welcome to attend general meetings (you don’t have to be a member, although we’d love for you to officially join our committee).
The December 8 meeting will focus on the 2020 election, and look ahead to 2021 (a big year for Virginia).
A new report confirms that Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is failing students in record numbers. “The trend of more failing marks is concerning across the board but is especially concerning for the groups that showed the biggest unpredicted increases in receiving multiple unsatisfactory marks, namely our English learner students and students with disabilities,” the school district’s internal study concludes.