The media applauded Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) this week for announcing it will offer four days a week of in-person education to “some” students. Yet within hours of the announcement many schools were alerting families to the reality that the four-day option will be unavailable to most in-person students.
On March 9, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which is deciding on next year’s county budget, advertised a 4.25% real estate tax hike, which would cost the average homeowner $293. This continues a two-decade trend where the supervisors have increased real estate taxes three times faster than homeowner income, which has barely kept up with inflation
Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham hosted a special town hall Friday night, devoted to the ongoing scandal of closed government-run, ostensibly “public” schools. Fairfax County parents in attendance shared their frustrations with the systemic failures and visceral hostility they have endured from a school district that spends more than $16,000 per student.
Fairfax County parent Roseanne Nelson expressed concerns
The Fairfax GOP full-throatedly denounced “woke bullies” and called for “genuine tolerance,” in a statement issued today. “We must get back to viewing our neighbors as just that,” said Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts. “Even if we disagree, we are still neighbors.”
The chairman’s statement follows bombshell news from nearby Loudoun County, Virginia, where teachers and others formed a “secret” Facebook group
Yesterday’s meeting of the FCPS School Board acknowledged an on-paper goal of allowing students the choice to return to classrooms next school year for five days a week, with a teacher in each of those classrooms. This was followed by a list of caveats with which parents have become all too familiar. We call them “Lucy’s Football.” We look forward to running towards that football yet again over the next few months to see whether Lucy yanks it away.
Concerned parent Harry Jackson joined WMAL’s Larry O’Connor Show last week, to discuss the Fairfax County School Board’s ongoing war on Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology (affectionately known as “TJ”). Jackson recently authored a Washington Post op-ed blasting “paternalistic White liberals” who “don’t think Black and Hispanic students have what it takes to compete on merit”
Gubernatorial candidate Pete Snyder joined the Fairfax GOP’s Vinson Palathingal and Srilekha Palle live on Facebook last month. Snyder discussed his background, candidacy and vision for conservative reform. According to his website, “Pete Snyder is a small business owner, a serial entrepreneur, an innovator, and a problem solver.”
Reopening district-run schools has been a major theme of Snyder’s campaign.
Citing the “systemic failure” of the status quo, Fairfax GOP Chairman Steve Knotts today demanded that county schools immediately reopen on a full-time, in-person schedule. “The results are in,” Knotts said. “We have seen troubling learning losses and severely detrimental effects on the mental health of students in Fairfax County. Our schools need to reopen — five days a week, for all students — without any further delay”
For the Fairfax County School Board (FCSB), awash in federal impact funds, perhaps an emergency meeting is in order.
The members may wish to consider a brilliant piece by former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Q. Nomani on October 31: The War on Asians, the Death of Meritocracy, and Assault on STEM. They should read particularly closely her section on the “National War on Asians”.
Approaching its ironically-timed Groundhog Day “Return to School Working Session,” FCPS released on Friday a presentation that reveals yet again that the principal factor in the inability to open schools is not about metrics, or community spread of a virus, but the chronic inability of FCPS to manage its staff, and the apparent unwillingness of many staff to return to work. The presentation already sets up the game board for the inevitable “pause” for all students in grades 3-12 in Fairfax County…