(VA) FCPS School Board Candidates Debate Last Night

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Keith Arthurs

Aug 9, 2017 11:33 AM

At the debate last night, twice the candidates were asked about transgender locker rooms, showers and bathrooms.

Chris Grisafe was the only candidate who said he would respect the privacy needs of students who need it.

The other 2 candidates there held extreme positions.

Karen Keys-Gamarra says she wouldn't discriminate against anyone, and putting labels on people, like they did with blacks when they segregated them, is wrong.  So transgender students can use whichever facility they want.    (So, it is OK to discriminate against the students with modesty needs for religious reasons?   Religious discrimination is not discrimination?)

Michael Owens responded with (why do we need to separate people by) "boobs/no boobs".  (Because biology matters to those who require privacy from the opposite sex when changing for gym class!!!).     

Both Karen Keys-Gamarra and Michael Owens have taken an extreme stance on this.  Many heads were shaking in agreement with Chris Grisafe who would protect students privacy needs, and work on an individual basis with transgender students to find private facilities for them.

At future forums, we need to send in this question, and push them to answer "Why is it OK to discriminate against the religious modesty requirements of students in locker rooms, showers and bathrooms?"   "How will you meet the privacy needs of students who require privacy from the opposite sex in locker rooms, showers and bathrooms?".     We need to highlight, it is not just bathrooms, it is locker rooms, showers, bathrooms, overnight stays, etc.  We need to highlight that many students have religious modesty/privacy needs, and that it is discrimination to not provide separate facilities by sex for them.

Their answer last night, is they won't accommodate privacy needs by sex at all, and that they shouldn't accommodate it.  They want to remove labels and biological differences and sex is just another label.   Michael Owens' answer of "boobs/no boobs" it shouldn't matter needs to be highlighted so voters know that student bodily privacy between sexes will go away with if they don't vote for Chris.  They both believe it is OK to discriminate against student's privacy needs.

In other questions, Chris answered well thought out, knew the issues and had numbers in hand quickly able to answer the questions, and reasonable sound solutions.

Karen Keys-Gamarra was  a bit schizophrenic answering questions, and kept answering each question with "we need better communication", even if that was irrelevant to the question.  What is worse, is for almost every question she would ask, "What was the question again?".  Well if communication is so important to you, why can't you listen to the question the first time it is asked!

Michael Owens sounded likeable, but would go off on weird tangents at times. As an English teacher, she may be all well and good, I don't know, but as a board member who needs to be a leader and manager of the school system, she doesn't have what it takes.  Her answers seemed full of fluffy clouds, rainbows and unicorns rather than concrete knowledge of the issues at hand.  

Of course, this is my perspective of the forum, I may be a bit biased :)

Keith




FCPS Board Election--Candidate Debate


When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Where:
McLean High School
1633 Davidson Rd
McLean, VA  22101 

Contact:
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CHRIS GRISAFE

Fairfax County School Board At-Large

Special Election Tuesday, August 29th!


The Fairfax County School Board must stay focused on its primary mission –

to provide a high-quality education that prepares all students for higher education,

the modern workforce, and becoming successful, responsible citizens!

 

Chris Grisafe will focus on protecting excellence in our classrooms!

Strong academic rigor for our students

Fair class sizes

Respecting parents

Supporting teachers

Honoring accountability of our taxpayer dollars

PLEASE VOTE FOR CHRIS GRISAFE


HOW DO I VOTE?

You can vote one of the following three ways:


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You can vote TODAY for Chris Grisafe if you can’t get to the polls on Election Day.

Bring your I.D. and come vote “Absentee In-Person” at:

Fairfax County Government Center

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm; Thu, 8 am - 7 pm

Saturday, August 26th: 9 am - 5 pm (last day to vote Absentee In-Person)


❷   ABSENTEE BY MAIL!

Request an Absentee ballot by Tuesday, August 22nd at 5 pm to vote by mail.

Go to https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

Complete your personal information, click ‘I want to apply for absentee voting’ and follow instructions to receive an Absentee ballot in the mail.

Once your ballot arrives, please complete and return via mail to the Elections Office at P.O. Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038 (allowing up to 9 days) OR drop your ballot off in person at the Fairfax County Government Center.


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(7/21/2017 @EC) "Great meeting last night. Got some signs back. Let me know if you'd like one. Otherwise I will put them out to the streets."







Chris Grisafe

for Fairfax County School Board at-Large

National Security Professional  ◦  Veteran ◦  Passionate Volunteer



Special Election to Be Held August 29 to Fill Vacant School Board Seat





Meet and Greet Chris Grisafe 
6/24/2017

Chris Grisafe: 
"
I am running for Fairfax County School Board at-Large because I want to protect the excellence in our schools. "


Chris Grisafe: "
FCPS must continue to provide a high-quality education that prepares all students for the modern workforce, higher education, and the pursuit of responsible citizenship. We must empower and educate our students for success and meaningful lives."

Chris Grisafe: 
Excellence in our school system directly impacts the success of our community and I know from personal experience the impact that quality schools can have in the lives of children."


Chris Grisafe: "
I now seek to serve and give back to create for students more opportunities like those I've been fortunate enough to encounter along the way!"

​I would be honored to have your support and your vote.
- Chris



For More Information, Contact: Chris Grisafe Campaign

 



Fairfax Democrats Endorse Karen Keys-Gamarra for School Board At-Large

A special election will be held on August 29th, 2017 for an At-Large (countywide) Member of the Fairfax County School Board to fill a vacancy.

The members of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee voted on June 23rd to endorse Karen Keys-Gamarra for School Board At-Large.  We thank all the candidates and members who participated in the process.  Keys-Gamarra will enjoy our full support going into the August 29 special election.

Source: http://www.fairfaxdemocrats.org/2017/06/01/endorsement-of-at-large-school-board-member-for-2017-special-election/





Posted on June 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Buckingham
703-766-4467
executivedirector@fairfaxgop.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

Fairfax County Republican Committee Endorsement of Chris Grisafe for School Board At-Large

Last night at FCRC’s monthly meeting, the Committee voted unanimously to endorse Chris Grisafe for the vacant Fairfax County School Board At-Large seat, previously held by Jeanette Hough. Both Jeanette and sitting School Board Member Elizabeth Schultz spoke highly of Chris. Chris expressed his sincere gratitude and spoke about how eager he was to get to work to improve the lives of every child and parent in the county through a better school system.

After the endorsement, FCRC Chairman Matt Ames said, “I’ve known Chris for many years, and he will be an outstanding School Board member.  He will bring the same kind of respectful, courteous, and effective questioning of the status quo that Jeanette Hough exemplified.  Chris knows from his own life experience the value of a strong education, and he is determined to make sure that the Fairfax County Public Schools continue to live up to their reputation.”

 

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Source: http://fairfaxgop.org/





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Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce D. White has authorized a special election to fill the School Board seat left vacant by the resignation of Jeanette Hough, member-at-large, who resigned on May 31. The special election will be held on Tuesday, August 29, to fill the remainder of the term of office, which extends until January 1, 2020.





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About FCPS School Board Candidate Shaista Keating

From: https://patch.com/virginia/oakton/op-ed-fcps-has-a-credibility-problem

Op-Ed: FCPS Has a Credibility Problem

Michele Menapace, a parent advocate, questions some of the school board's budget decisions

By Nicole Trifone (Patch Staff) - Updated May 17, 2012 2:25 pm ET

...

"Is your credibility limit strained by learning about an FCPS contract awarded to a paid election campaign consultant?  In February, three days after posting the request for proposal, FCPS awarded a $35,000 contract to Arcasun, a newly-formed company owned and operated by Shaista Keating. (Ms. Keating was paid $10,000 to advise Jane Strauss’ election campaign last fall and also heads the group Fairfax Full Day Kindergarten. Fairfax FDK is an advocacy group that publicly supported school board candidates in favor of full-day kindergarten in all Fairfax County elementary schools.) Arcasun has no previous experience and its Fairfax County business license had not been issued when the contract was awarded. "

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Chris Grisafe Announces Run for

Fairfax County School Board At-Large Seat

 

Veteran & national security professional seeks to 

“protect excellence in FCPS”



FAIRFAX, VA, May 31, 2017 –


Chris Grisafe has announced he is running for the Fairfax County School Board at-Large position for the upcoming special election to be held this summer. The date of the special election, which has not yet been determined, will be set by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court in accordance with Virginia law.

 

The seat is currently held by Jeanette Hough, who was elected in 2015, and will be vacated as of May 31, 2017. Hough has announced she must leave the School Board position governing Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as a result of her husband's service. The family is being transferred overseas.

 

A national security professional and veteran, Grisafe said he's running because "I want to protect the excellence in Fairfax County Public Schools." With a special election taking place in the summer, Grisafe will focus on reaching out to voters during a time when most Fairfax County residents are not thinking about returning to the voting booth.

 

"FCPS must continue to provide a high quality education that prepares all students for the modern workforce, higher education, and the pursuit of responsible citizenship,” added Grisafe, who also serves as a volunteer advisor and mentor to college students.

 

Having tragically lost his mother early in life, "I cannot overstate the importance and influence of the many teachers and mentors who have been consequential guide posts in my life," said Grisafe. "I know personally how important it is to empower and educate our students so they can lead successful and meaningful lives."

 

Among the nation’s largest school systems, Fairfax County Public Schools has been ground zero for social and academic experimentation. "A local school board's emphasis must be on the students," Grisafe added regarding his desire to run.

 

Talking from personal experience, he said he was greatly influenced by dedicated teachers and mentors to succeed in community college, serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, graduate from Loyola Marymount University and earn an MBA from Virginia Tech.

 

“It is imperative that we keep FCPS focused on its primary mission – to provide a high-quality education,” said Grisafe.  The current School Board’s May 25th vote to balance the budget for the next fiscal year by increasing class size is just one example of why “Fairfax County needs an at-Large School Board Member who will insist on evidence-based data in its decisions to benefit all of our students.”

 

Prioritizing rigor in the curriculum, workforce and college readiness means “the School Board must focus on good metrics, eliminating redundancy and encouraging efficiency,” said Grisafe "to enable FCPS to allocate our precious resources where they are needed most - for our teachers and our students in the classroom.”

 

Parents and community members have often been frustrated with by the School Board’s focus on issues other than student academic achievement. Fairfax County voters overwhelmingly rejected a Meals Tax Referendum last November which was advertised ostensibly to add the tax, in part at least, for education needs.

 

"I will approach policy matters with an open mind and seek to understand issues with compassion," said Grisafe. "Still, the focus must always be on the merits those issues and the data to support good decision-making."

 

Once the date of the special election is set by the court, Fairfax County residents will elect the new at-Large School Board Member to serve the balance of Hough’s term, which ends in November 2019. All registered voters in Fairfax County are able to vote for an at-Large candidate.



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