The Fairfax Education Coalition is a voluntary collection of groups of parents, teachers, and community members dedicated to strengthening public involvement with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Many of the groups and individual making up FEC advocate for and support the FCPS in different ways. Our groups provide the their members with knowledge of FEC’s activities and concerns.
The groups with which FEC members are affiliated are described below.
Class Size Counts (CSC)
CSC advocates for reasonable class sizes in FCPS and the Commonwealth. In 2012, Virginia’s Department of Education issued guidance clarifying that Standards of Quality (SOQs) class size caps applied to instructional groupings. In 2015 and 2016, FCPS issued and amended FCPS Regulation 1032, which caps elementary school class sizes at 29 students. In 2016, the state amended its SOQs to require school districts to disclose average class sizes by subject at each middle and each high school.
Fairfax Alliance for Appropriate Public Education (FAAPE)
The mission of FAAPE is to advocate for effective special education policies, programs, and services in FCPS that help to ensure students with disabilities a foundation for long-term success as workers, citizens, and members of society.
Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB)
FABB seeks to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation network of Fairfax County. FABB’s capstone effort over the past few years has been the successful adoption of the County’s Bicycle Master Plan, which was approved in December 2014.
Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG)
The goal of FCAG is building a community of advocates for gifted children and connecting the people and programs that support them. FCAG sponsors annual AMC 8 and AMC 10 contests and organizes educational and networking programs for gifted students. FCAG has also analyzed educational data in FCPS, published reports about classroom size disparities between Advanced Academic Program (AAP) and non-AAP Classes, TJ admissions, and access to advanced math in elementary and middle school. FCAG worked with FCPS through various iterations of the TJ admissions criteria and exams, and has met with administrators and school board members about issues related to a public education that meets the needs of gifted children. FCAG has testified to the school board and to state representatives about many of these topics, as well as defended threatened programs like Orchestra and Band, bus transportation, and AAP Centers, while advocating for increased funding of public schools.
Fairfax Education Association (FEA)
For over 50 years FEA has worked to create the best Fairfax County Public School system possible. It is an affiliate organization of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization.
Fairfax Education Association (FEA) Retirees
FEA-Retired works to ensure that FCPS upholds its end of early bargaining agreements. A nine-member FEA-R Council advises FEA leaders. In January of every year, FEA-Retired, along with an independent organization, Fairfax County Retired Educators, provides a bus to take its joint Government Relations Team and supporters to lobby the Virginia General Assembly.
Persuaded the School Board in 2009 to change the FCPS grading scale for middle and high school students, and to increase grade point average weighting for AP, IB and high school honors courses. Collaborated with Restore Honors Courses 2009-2011.
The Full Schooldays blog reports on school issues, with a focus on scheduling and health and wellness. Topics covered include recess, physical education, school meals, start times, school calendars, teacher planning time, professional development, and early dismissals. Full Schooldays was the leading advocate of full-day Mondays for elementary school students, a schedule which has been in effect since 2014.
Real Food for Kids
RFFK seeks to collaborate with school communities to elevate the quality and character of school food, develop and deliver programs that advance literacy in nutrition and health, and engage students, parents, and schools in building a culture of health that spreads to their homes and communities
Restore Honors Courses:
In collaboration with FAIRGRADE, persuaded the School Board in 2010-2011 to offer Honors English 11, Honors English 12, Honors World History 2, Honors U.S. History, and Honors U. S. Government in FCPS high schools that also offer Advanced Placement and standard level (non-honors) courses in the same subjects.courses.
Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal (SLEEP)
To increase awareness of teen sleep needs and to change Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) middle and high school start times to later in the morning.
Zero Tolerance Reform
Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform was established in 2006 to advocate for reform of disciplinary policies in Fairfax County Public Schools. The goal was to transform the disciplinary policies from a criminal and punitive approach to a restorative, educational, and therapeutic process. Significant reforms were achieved in 2011.