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9/16/2019

Letter: School busing is on the horizon under the guise of equity

Editor: Forced busing is in the news, thanks to remarks by Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris. It was timely for Fairfax County residents, since forced busing is on the ballot this coming November.

Most residents are unfamiliar with the One Fairfax Policy passed by the Board of Supervisors and adopted by the School Board in 2017. The policy mandates the School Board factor “equity” into its decision making.

What does that mean for school boundaries? Outgoing board member Pat Hynes gave us a strong clue when she stated that busing kids out of their current districts is a key School Board priority.

“Busing” conjures up memories of the failed busing policies of the 1970s that were, and are, heavily opposed across all demographics. “Equity”-based redistricting is the School Board’s attempt to implement the same failed social engineering policy, but under a different name.

Many dismiss the concern about equity-based redistricting as farfetched or fear-mongering. But in Montgomery County, Md., students already are being bused out of their home districts to schools across the county. Democrat-backed members and prospective members of the Fairfax School Board want the same thing here, though with different terminology.

The consequences of forced, radical redistricting along racial and socio-economic lines will be the same as forced busing – disrupted neighborhoods, chaotic property values, increased divisiveness and a deprioritization of academic achievement. It will put key life decisions in the hands of politicians controlled by outside special interests, rather than local residents.

Jeff Norris, Vienna





The Truth About One Fairfax School Reboundarying


Voices of Fairfax

Published on Aug 1, 2019

This video includes clips from the following school board work sessions: 6.26.18, 2.26.19, 3.11.19, 5.13.19, 7.22.19. These videos are all publicly available on the Fairfax County website and on YouTube.




7/30/2019

Letter to the Editor: Postpone Boundary Vote

This week, the Fairfax County School Board began debating proposed changes to its policy no. 8130.6 which concerns establishment of and changing of boundaries between school districts in the county. It appears the proposed changes are driven by Fairfax County's "One Fairfax" policy and a desire on the part of some School Board members to balance the respective districts with regard to racial and socioeconomic criteria.

The issues are quite complex and I would not presume to be able to discuss them in detail. However, one thing I know is that the issues are quite controversial in some respects and can adversely impact property values throughout the county.

This year is an election year and it appears about half the members of the current School Board will not be members after the elections in November. As such, it would be grossly inappropriate for these lame duck School Board members to participate in a radical modification of this policy on their way out the door and leave it to a newly constituted board to implement a policy they had no role in establishing. To the contrary, the proposed changes should be an election year issue to be debated by candidates for board positions, including by incumbents who wish to remain on the School Board and should not be voted upon or implemented until a new board is constituted on Jan. 1, 2020.

Our Mount Vernon representative on the School Board is Karen Corbett Sanders. She currently also presides as chairman of the School Board. Presumably, in that role, Ms. Corbett Sanders can influence the agenda of the School Board including the timing of consideration of various issues. I am unaware of any emergency requiring amendment of Policy No. 8130.6 prior to the election and constitution of a new board. As such, Ms. Corbett Sanders should represent her constituents, who as chairman are everybody in the county, and postpone any vote concerning proposed changes to Policy No. 8130.6 to 2020.

H. Jay Spiegel

Mount Vernon







7/30/2019

To some opposition, FCPS considers boundary policy overhaul

  • By Angela Woolsey/Fairfax County Times


Protesters outside a Fairfax County School Board work session display their opposition to proposed changes to the county public school system’s policy for making boundary adjustments.

ANGELA WOOLSEY/FAIRFAX COUNTY TIMES

Fairfax County Public Schools has not conducted a full-scale school boundaries review in about 35 years, and a work session that the Fairfax County School Board held on July 22 to discuss possible changes to the boundary adjustment policy illustrated why officials have been reluctant to tackle the subject.

Dozens of community members, most of them protestors, filled the Gatehouse Administrative Center conference room that the board utilizes for its work sessions. The crowd exceeded the room’s capacity limit of 102 people, leading to a 90-minute delay for staff to set up audio and visual feeds of the meeting in the building’s cafeteria to accommodate the overflow.

In front of an audience that at times emitted audible cheers and grumbles, the 11 present school board members debated a draft policy proposed by FCPS officials to clarify criteria for adjusting boundaries and to reflect the needs of a county whose population has doubled in size since the board last conducted a countywide review of school boundaries in the mid-1980s.

“This has been and continues to be a challenge,” school board chair Karen Corbett Sanders, who represents the Mount Vernon District, said of the boundary adjustment policy. “…It really is something that good governance requires us to do to manage resources and ensure good outcomes for all students.”

Policy 8130, which defines the school board’s authority to determine what schools and programs students are assigned to, was first adopted in 1986 and last revised on May 9, 2013.

Because boundary adjustment discussions are seen as the “third rail” of school board politics, in the words of at-large representative Karen Keys-Gamarra, Fairfax County has largely responded to increased student enrollment in the past by building additions or adding temporary classrooms to overcrowded schools.

The result is a public school system that still uses more than 750 trailers, has a renovation queue with many schools exceeding a 20 to 25-year cycle, and experiences uneven growth throughout the county so that some schools operate well over-capacity while others are below 85 percent capacity, according to the FCPS Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2020-2024.

While enrollment has not grown as much in the past five years compared to 2008 through 2014, when an average of 3,000 students joined annually, FCPS projects that student membership will continue to increase in the near-future due to the creation of new housing in the county and the completion of the second phase of Metro’s Silver Line.

The school board has approved boundary changes for individual schools and neighborhoods in the past decade, and the FY 2020-24 CIP lists six adjustments as recommended priorities, all of them for elementary schools.

FCPS staff has been conducting a review of Policy 8130 since January 2018 when the school board requested a comparison of Fairfax County’s boundary change practices with policies used by other jurisdictions.

A presentation delivered to the school board at an all-day work session on Oct. 15 notes that, unlike other jurisdictions, Fairfax County does not explicitly prioritize the factors that should be considered during boundary adjustments.

FCPS’s Office of Research and Strategic Improvement presented guidance for boundary changes based on educational research to the school board on Feb. 25, and the school board directed staff to develop a draft boundary adjustment policy on Mar. 11.

The new draft policy presented to the school board establishes a more concrete list of criteria for determining when a boundary adjustment should be made and how it should be redrawn.

FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand called the draft a product of the staff’s “collective thinking” based on their research, which found that overcrowding, socioeconomic diversity, and travel times are the factors that most affect students when it comes to boundary changes.

Under the existing policy, the school board can close a school, change a boundary, or adjust a program assignment or location “to maintain or improve operating efficiency and/or instructional effectiveness,” but the lack of more specific criteria sometimes leads to confusion or inconsistencies in the board’s approach, according to FCPS Facilities and Transportation Services assistant superintendent Jeffrey Platenberg.

The draft policy dictates that previously established school boundaries may be revised to address a capacity surplus or deficit, ensure equitable access to educational opportunities, reflect a school opening or closing, alleviate attendance islands, or accommodate students in the wake of a natural disaster, such as a fire.

At-large school board member Ilryong Moon and Mason District Representative Sandy Evans questioned the inclusion of equitable access as a possible trigger for boundary adjustments, arguing that the issue is more related to programming availability than boundaries.

Providence District Representative Dalia Palchik says that the cost currently makes it infeasible to implement in-demand services like the International Baccalaureate programs in every school, noting that enrollment in IB programs is sometimes closed due to a lack of capacity.

The proposed policy also highlights socioeconomic or racial composition of students, geographic location in relation to the surrounding student population, safety of walking and busing routes, operational efficiency, and attendance islands as factors that can be considered when establishing school boundaries.

Springfield District Representative Elizabeth Schultz argued that looking at the socioeconomic composition of students amounts to “targeting” students based on their identity.

Some community members echoed her sentiments, accusing the board of prioritizing politics over academic needs.

“It's not going to fix the problem. It's just going to mask the problem,” Vinson Palathingal, who is currently running as an at-large school board candidate, said. “…They're just distributing the students and making sure that they are showing better results so that it can be rewarding for the administrators. It's not going to solve the problem.”

The existing Policy 8130 includes “the socioeconomic characteristics of school populations” as a factor that “may be relevant in a particular consolidation, redistricting, or assignment plan.”

Keys-Gamarra disputed Schultz’s interpretation of the draft, saying that it does not recommend race and socioeconomic factors as a reason to change school boundaries. Dranesville District Representative Jane Strauss noted that such issues are important to keep in mind since school boundaries affect the distribution of resources.

The Fairfax County School Board adopted a One Fairfax resolution on Nov. 20, 2017 that requires board members to consider racial and social equity when planning, developing, and implementing policies and practices.

In addition to clarifying the criteria for boundary changes, the draft policy eliminates the use of expedited boundary adjustments, a sped-up process that the superintendent can use in cases of an emergency or “overriding public need” where less than 15 percent of the student population in each school will be affected.

The draft also revises the requirements for an administrative boundary adjustment, tasking the superintendent with making annual boundary adjustment recommendations in cases where an existing boundary may be misaligned with a geographic feature or need minor adjustments due to pipe stems and cul-de-sacs to maintain or improve operating efficiency.

Currently, the superintendent can initiate an administrative boundary adjustment without the school board’s approval if there is an emergency or other public need, new unoccupied housing, or less than 5 percent of the affected schools’ student population will be affected and the change “will improve the operating efficiency of the school division.”

Brabrand told the school board in May 2018 that he was suspending any administrative boundary recommendations for the 2018-2019 school year until the board discusses revisions to “better align boundary decision-making to our One Fairfax policy.”

While expedited boundary adjustments must be approved by the school board, the superintendent only needs to consult the affected board member and hold a community meeting before making a recommendation, whereas a standard adjustment must be presented to the whole board and requires a public hearing.

Removing the option for an expedited process would “increase, not decrease, transparency,” Brabrand says.

Though Corbett Sanders emphasized that the school board does not have any prospective boundary changes in mind related to its review of FCPS’s policy, some community members expressed anger and concern at the possibility of massive changes.

“Property values will plummet,” said Anne Erickson, whose children are FCPS graduates. “People have a right to live where they want to live. People have a right to send their kids and live in a district that they want to live in. They don’t have the right to choose where our kids go to school and bus them all over town. It’s ridiculous.”

FCPS has currently approved 1,340 high school student transfers for the 2019-2020 school year, according to district data. Student requests to transfer to a school outside of their assigned boundary are granted depending on the requested school’s capacity.

More than 20 percent of all bus routes for general education students use 30 minutes or more of travel time with that percentage going up for students in special education, Advanced Academic Placement programs, and magnet schools, according to an FCPS breakdown.

School board at-large candidates Abrar Omeish and Rachna Sizemore Heizer say the school board’s discussion about the boundary adjustment policy is a necessary conversation.

“I think it's really important to base whatever we do on…data-driven best practices,” Heizer said.

Omeish sees debates about boundary changes as a question of what and who the county wants to prioritize.

“Are we going to prioritize ensuring that everyone has a place here, that everyone has the opportunity to thrive, or are we going to reserve that for the few?” Omeish said. “So, we need those bold community conversations that are going to lead us in that direction, as opposed to kind of shying away.”






7/27/2019

'One Fairfax' social, racial equity policy has some residents fearing return to forced busing

Families at overcrowded schools fear their concerns are getting overlooked.

Author: Peggy Fox

CHANTILLY, Va. — Concerns over possible boundary changes and busing has infuriated some Fairfax County parents.The new "One Fairfax" social and racial equity policy has some residents fearing a return to forced busing for desegregation.  

Busing students long distances in order to bring more racial and social economic diversity is something School Board member Elizabeth Schultz said she's trying to stop.

"When one of the main features of the policy talks about social, economic, or race, constitution of the school, the characteristics of children, and re-balancing that ... You're talking about busing students they say, no, this is not about busing it's about transportation," Schultz said.

The issue of reworking a new boundary policy was discussed at a school board  work session this week. 

"This is just at the policy level," Pat Hynes, school board member said. "We are not, in this conversation, talking about any particular boundary changes. We're certainly not taking on  a project of 70s-style desegregation through busing. Everybody knows that doesn't work and we're not doing that."

She said all they're doing is updating the boundary policy.

"We don't ever want to make a decision that makes equity and diversity worse off in the school system," Hynes said. "In other words, we don't want to change a boundary that would make socio-economic imbalance worse. So that's why we look through that equity lens in all of decisions including boundaries."


Trailers at McLean High School
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School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders said in a statement that the review came about because of overcrowding issues at several schools -- dozens of trailers surround Chantilly, Centreville and McLean High Schools. 

Those schools are all about 120 percent overcrowded.  

"We're not talking about some kids being uncomfortable or inconvenienced," McLean parent Vance Gore said. "We're talking about kids who cannot get in the building or out of the building when there is an emergency."

Gore worries that the school board developing new policy and then a system-wide boundary review will take too long to fix the immediate problem of overcrowded schools.

"We need to solve those problems now," Schultz said. "And we've kicked the can down the road by stopping the expedited boundary studies. And instead the board continues to off road into social engineering, all other places and this is not what families want."

Before the school board adopts this new boundary policy, they want community input. They're planning to hire a consultant to facilitate community engagement.

Statement from Fairfax County School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders: 

“There is a great deal of misinformation circulating in the community and the media regarding the School Board’s ongoing discussions around our boundary policy (Policy 8130).

“The School Board work session on Monday, July 22, was the fourth meeting the Board has held to discuss the policy. All of the meetings have been advertised and open to the public. This past Monday’s discussion was delayed to allow staff time to set up an overflow room to accommodate the community members.

“The review of the boundary policy was initiated because of the issue of overcrowding at several schools, the reliance on trailers (over 700) across the county to manage overcrowding, a recognition that the current level of bond funding to support renovations and construction is not sufficient to address overcapacity in a timely manner, and that the current boundary policy has not had a comprehensive review since the 1980s. FCPS staff presented a draft policy in which “capacity surplus or deficit of an existing school” was listed as a reason to revise school boundaries. The Board’s boundary policy meetings have not included any discussion about specific boundary changes.

“The School Board has not discussed nor recommended ‘cross town’ busing of students to other schools outside their communities in the boundary policy review. Cross town busing is not an option under consideration for the policy. It should be noted that the current policy includes the consideration of walking and busing routes, busing times, and costs. FCPS provides transportation services (buses) for 110,000 students every day to and from their neighborhood schools or to special programs away from their base schools.

“The Board is not planning to decide on a new boundary policy in September. The Board has requested the superintendent to hire an outside consultant to work with the Board to identify best practices and engage the community in the discussion. The Board also requested of the superintendent to identify ‘hot’ areas that are not included in the current FCPS Capital Improvement Program but may need a boundary adjustment.”






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7/23/2019

Protesters Criticize County School Board’s Transparency With Redistricting Proposal

by RestonNow.com




Dozens of protesters showed up last night to the Fairfax County School Board’s work session on a proposal that would change how local school boundaries are adjusted.

Before the school board began discussing the proposal, the meeting room was packed with protesters. Police blocked the door, telling a crowd of about 30 people outside that they could not go into the room, which had reportedly reached its capacity.

The discussion on the proposal was delayed by an hour and a half as staff worked to set up overflow seating with live streaming of the work session in the cafeteria.

Around 7:30 p.m., Jeffrey Platenberg, the assistant superintendent for the Department of Facilities and Transportation Services, kicked off the discussion on the proposal with a presentation.

The draft policy would look at a new set of criteria for prompting and then establishing school boundaries. Once a school boundary change has been identified, some of the new criteria to create the new boundary include:

  • “socioeconomic and/or racial composition of students in affected schools”
  • “the safety of walking and busing routes”
  • “operational efficiency”


“When boundary changes are being considered by the School Board, the changes shall not be restricted by the boundaries of individual schools, administrative areas, zip codes, or magisterial district,” according to the draft. The proposal would also get rid of expedited boundary adjustments.

Throughout the meeting, protesters in the room waved signs saying “Communities Build Great Schools NOT Boundary Changes” and “Education Excellence NOT Social Engineering.” Several of the protesters said that they thought the process behind how the proposal was created was not transparent.

Some Great Falls residents have banded together to oppose the boundary changes — which could break up the Langley school pyramid. An online petition to keep the pyramid together has gained more than 2,000 signatories.

We want our school board and administration to recognize that redistricting would pull apart our community, will significantly decrease property values of hard-working families who pushed the envelope to move into this community, and most importantly, leaves the underlying problems unsolved,” the petition states.

School board members had mixed reactions to the proposal.

School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders said that “significant growth” in the Dulles Corridor that will impact schools and questioned if an outside consultant could help the board and community, since it “seems to be a bit of a disconnect that people don’t feel like we have let people about what we’re doing.”

“I very much support opening the boundary,” Jane Strauss, the Dranesville District representative, said.

Meanwhile, others raised concerns about equitable access outlined in the proposal.

At-Large Member Ilryong Moon said that he’s not convinced that the proposal is an improvement after asking for an example of “equitable access to educational opportunities” and Platenberg told him that school boundaries could change to prevent program placement in different schools.

The school board is slated to approve the draft in September ahead of its incorporation in the Capital Improvement Program draft in December.

Catherine Douglas Moran and Fatimah Waseem reported on this story.







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7/21/2019

Petition to Fairfax County School Board: Don't rezone any students out of the Langley school pyramid




The Fairfax County School Board has stated plans for countywide boundary changes that may affect the Dranesville district.  Residents are concerned about:

  • Keeping the community together. 
  • Take no child out of the Langley school pyramid.
  • No splitting student siblings and friends apart.
  • House values.

All communities are stronger together.  We live, play, work, volunteer and support each other. The synergy created through one community funnelling to one public high school propels the performance of that high school and knits the community even closer.  Students, graduates, parents, businesses, community organizations and leaders are all affected and care about this outcome.

We want our school board and administration to recognize that redistricting would pull apart our community, will significantly decrease property values of hard-working families who pushed the envelope to move into this community, and most importantly, leaves the underlying problems unsolved. 

Please work with our community to come up with solutions that fundamentally address overcrowding schools elsewhere in the county without hurting our Great Falls community in the process.


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7/21/2019

Petition Update: Please Read Important Update on the Fairfax School Board

By Lauren Shupp

The Fairfax County School Board is meeting on Monday, July 22, to discuss proposed changes to Policy 8130.7.  This change is a cause for alarm.  It is the first major, direct step towards removing Great Falls schools from the Langley pyramid  [drawing new school boundaries without community input.]. This will affect every school and neighborhood in Fairfax County 

This is the change we have worried about.  We need you to show up on July 22 with your friends and neighbors and let the school board know we are watching, what you do matters to us, and we demand input.

Policy 8130 determines how and why local school boundaries are adjusted.  Per school board member Pat Hynes, they are preparing for some "seismic" boundary changes, especially targeting our area. They will use this policy as their guide and claim their hands are tied if we do not like their boundary changes that happen in the future.  

The proposed new policy for boundary changes removes the following criteria for consideration of boundary changes. In other words, they will be able to change boundaries without considering:

  • the overall impact on students and families
  • operating costs 
  • matching resources to needs
  • improving operating efficiency
  • the impact on neighborhoods
  • busing costs
  • considering school feeder alignments
  • long-term costs and
  • INSTRUCTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS.

So, what's left?

Here is the New Considerations in the New Boundary Policy which is their 1st step in implementing the OneFairfax Policy.

  • “Socioeconomic and or racial composition of students in affected schools”
  • “The geographic location of affected schools in relationship to the surrounding student population”
  • “The safety of walking and busing routes”
  • “Operational efficiency to include long-range capital plans and busing costs”

“When Boundary changes are being considered by the School Board, changes shall not be restricted by boundaries of individual schools, administrative area, zip codes, or magisterial districts”.

Each successive policy has taken further steps to eliminate public hearings and community involvement but push forward the Onefairfax Policy.  The new proposed policy further erodes their requirements to hold public hearings or tell our community about "expedited boundary changes."  If they had their way, they wouldn't tell us about anything at all. Most of the current school board members are retiring, so they won't even be around to hear about it.

Let's not let our voices be eroded any further.

Please help make sure that the School Board knows that we value instructional effectiveness for our children and a community voice in these issues.  

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Join neighbors at the July 22 meeting, (Monday, July 22, 2019

Gatehouse Administration Center I, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Room 1600, Falls Church, VA, 5 p.m.and bring a friend

  • Send an email to let your board members know that this policy should not be adopted: 

Karen.KeysGamarra@fcps.edu

Ryan.McElveen@fcps.edu

ilryong.moon@fcps.edu

Jane.Strauss@fcps.edu

  • Plan to vote in this upcoming election on November 5, 2019.
  • Join us in this fight at onegreatfalls.org and subscribe for updates
  • Change the Board not our Boundaries

Policy Page that shows draft

https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/BDZRXX6E892C/$file/20190711_Draft_Policy8130.pdf

Onefairfax Policy

ttps://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/one-fairfax

Sincerely, 

Laura Timmins

www.onegreatfalls.org







Comments:

(7/21/2019 @Amy)

The school bd and Supt are developing a comprehensive boundary plan, to serve the goal of diversity above all. 没有明确说,但意指目前的学区不够diversify, 重划学区让少数族裔可以通过肤色划入好学区,好学区的学生去差学区交换。我们McLean pyramid也不希望rezone students.




7/19/2019

URGENT: RECKLESS FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD TO VOTE ON WIDESPREAD SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES THIS MONDAY JULY 22 at 5PM - NEED TO PROTEST

By Eric Johnson

No one realizes what the school board is doing as they have been deliberately deceptive. Particularly among the people that pay the most taxes in Fairfax and live in expensive houses in desirable school districts, this is going to send people into bankruptcy by wiping out the value of their homes, which are pegged largely on the good schools.  That is, children may be forced to go to new schools further away, or even lose their current friends, teachers, and traditions.

The meeting is chaired by outgoing school board member Pat Hynes, who says below "The school bd and Supt are developing a comprehensive boundary plan, to serve the goal of diversity above all."



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The board is not accepting any public comment (because they do not respect parents and taxpayers), so people need to just go and let them know in whatever means they see fit that we're tired of the school board focusing more on redistributionism, race and identity politics than they do on education. Bring signs, turn their backs, or just shout and yell -- it's not like they can do much to you except throw you out, and it's what liberals would do. 


ACTION NEEDED: Attend July 22 School Board Meeting And Speak Out Against Boundary Policy

The Fairfax County School Board is meeting on Monday, July 22 to discuss proposed changes to the opaquely-named "Boundary Policy 8130.7." 

The policy says, astoundingly: when redrawing school boundaries in the future, the opinion of residents and a negative impact on quality of education may not be taken into account

Instead, the board says school boundaries must be redrawn based on “socioeconomic and or racial composition of students in affected schools,” in accordance with their "One Fairfax" policy.  




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The proposed new policy for boundary changes removes the following criteria for consideration of boundary changes, compared to the existing policy. They will be tasked with changing boundaries without regard to:
  • the overall impact on students and families
  • busing costs
  • considering school feeder alignments
  • INSTRUCTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS.
Recognizing that saying that quality of education doesn't matter as much as racial and economic redistributionism is a politically suicidal position for a school board, so they aim to pass this policy during a lame duck session with most school board members retiring -- taking the bullet so that the new school board members under whom school boundaries will actually be redrawn can claim their hands are tied.

This move will destroy home values and deliberately reduce the quality of education in Fairfax's most heralded schools, and we need the school board members who take that vote to have something to lose. They most kill or postpone all discussion and votes involving One Fairfax or school boundary changes until after the lame duck.


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BACKGROUND

The "One Fairfax" policy expressly aims to create equality (defined through the distribution of race and poverty) throughout all of Fairfax County's 1.2 million residents by breaking up what Fairfax politicians call "islands of excellence" within its 400 square mile boundaries. 

Since they do not have a solution to improve equality by increasing the performance of low-performing schools, they will attain equality by deliberately reducing the quality of Fairfax's dwindling number of top schools. Anyone in a widely sought-after school district is affected by this.

The policy aims to equalize quality of schools by taking high-performing students from top schools and redistricting them to schools with low test scores. Under this scenario, no individual child in Fairfax County becomes smarter -- but on paper, the receiving schools' average test scores improve, leading to bonuses for administrators.


    
   
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The school board has moved aggressively towards this goal, while often masking their moves in bureaucratic language that is hard for outsiders to parse. As one example, it commissioned a study on the impact to higher-earning children, and the study found negative outcomes -- so the school board shopped around for a new study that could be used to justify their goal.

WHO AND WHEN

Join neighbors at the July 22 meeting, (Monday, July 22, 2019) and bring signs and be prepared to make politicians understand that they are playing with lives and life savings.

School board meeting, this Monday at 5pm, 
Gatehouse Administration Center I, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Room 1600, Falls Church, VA

At the meeting, they will act like this is just a boring meeting about obscure issues. But that is the devious way the school board operates: they screw you over like frogs boiling, voting on obscure and complicated-seeming policies while shrugging that it's no big deal. This is a key step, and if it isn't stopped now, it will be too late -- they'll later claim they're just implementing a previously enacted policy.


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Here are the emails of Fairfax County School Board members, who are involved in taking this devastating vote.
  • DRANESVILLE DISTRICT Jane K. Strauss Voice Mail: 571-423-1087 E-mail:  jane.strauss@fcps.edu
  • MASON DISTRICT Sandy S. Evans   Vice Chairman Voice Mail: 571-423-1083 E-mail:  sandy.evans@fcps.edu
  • HUNTER MILL DISTRICT Pat M. Hynes Chairman Voice Mail: 571-423-1082 E-mail:  pat.hynes@fcps.edu
  • PROVIDENCE DISTRICT Dalia A. Palchik Voice Mail: 571-423-1070 E-mail:  dapalchik@fcps.edu
  • MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT Karen L. Corbett Sanders Voice Mail: 571-423-1086 E-mail:  klcorbettsan@fcps.edu
  • LEE DISTRICT Tamara Derenak Kaufax Voice Mail: 571-423-1081 E-mail:  tdkaufax@fcps.edu


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The Next Fairfax County School Board Meeting is Thursday July 25 at 7pm, and they will take 10 speakers and 5 videos for citizens to voice their dissent for 3 minutes in front of the school board, which one may sign up to reserve starting Monday morning at fcpsedu.  Suggest signing up to speak.

Also, spread the word far and wide.  Do not expect others to fight your own battles with this out of control, wasteful, and reckless school board.  Lastly, vote them all out of office.  The most radical ones are all Democrats who do not care about citizens and children, but only care about special interest groups.



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(7/19/2019 @Matt)

他们所有的ideas, proposals大都不利咱们华人,所以还是要警惕,有苗头就必须想办法反对和制止。尽管他们很会包装,说的很好听。

We need to be more proactive.

(7/20/2019 @Hilton)

School board越来越左是事实,肯定会出妖蛾子。不过文章嘛还是实事求是一些好,危言耸听反而降低了可信性。其实就指出他们现在在修改policy为将来重新划区做准备就可以了。

(7/20/2019 @Sam)

作者跟踪这些公共事务, 写成文章与大家分享, 值得我们学习。建议在文章下面写评论。

(7/19/2019 @Hilton)

好奇查了一下这个Policy 8130.7. 在这: https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/97KJK54D54F8/$file/P8130.pdf

"Numerous factors may be considered when consolidating schools, redistricting school boundaries, or adopting pupil assignment plans. The following examples of these factors are not presented in priority order. Any or all of these factors may be relevant in a particular consolidation, redistricting, or assignment plan: the proximity of schools to student residences; projected school enrollment and capacity; walking distances; busing times and costs; walking and busing safety; natural and man-made geographic features; the impact on neighborhoods; school feeder alignments; contiguous school attendance areas; long-range capital plans; the socioeconomic characteristics of school populations; the distribution of programs and resources; the overall impact on families and students; and comparative long-term costs. Adjustments shall be made without respect to magisterial districts or postal addresses and, whenever possible, shall not affect the same occupied dwellings any more often than once in three years. The consideration of these factors and such adjustments shall involve affected communities to the extent reasonable. "

相关的一段。上面那个link好像有点故意耸人听闻哟。

“ impact on neighborhoods”,“the overall impact on families and students; ”都列在policy上了。要反对就可以拿这两个去说呀。

(7/19/2019 @H)

这是guideline,到底哪些地方要被重划?

(7/19/2019 @Hilton)

只有rumor没有具体写在议事日程上的哪些地方要重划。至少我没看到。上面那篇文章不大可信。

https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/Public

这可以看到周一work session的agenda。他们是要讨论对8130的修改。

”Summary/Background (Key Points): In past School Board meetings, the Office of Research and Strategic Improvement and the Office of Facilities Planning Services presented information to inform a review of Policy 8130. These presentations introduced factors that are commonly considered by school divisions in making boundary changes as well as a review of the educational research related to boundary changes and these 16 factors.
The intent of the discussion is for the School Board to continue to provide guidance on goals and prioritize factors to include in the review of the boundary policy. In this meeting, a draft revised boundary policy 8130 will also be presented to the Board.“

不是具体讨论要把那些学区重划。

不过他们正在draft的新8130跟原来的8130.7相比是有很多问题。确实应该去反对这个新8130 policy draft成为事实。










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