Republicans hope to keep the Braddock seat in their column and
increase their numbers on the board, but they like their odds even
better in what is shaping up to be a spirited and wide-open fight for
the Fairfax County School Board.“There is a ton of anger out
there about how the School Board and the superintendent are running the
schools,” said Anthony Bedell, chairman of the
The board, as expected, also grudgingly agreed to give an additional $1.3 million to the Priority Schools Initiative that provides extra teachers and instructional time to impoverished children. Although the supervisors considered the program worthy, they reiterated their chagrin at the way the Fairfax County School Board and Superintendent Jack D. Dale had handled the request for additional funds.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commit an extra $1.3 million to public schools for their neediest students -- but not without grumbling over whether the School Board and the superintendent had manipulated the budget and public emotion to secure the funds.