Fairfax County Superintendent Jack Dale is
planning to tell principals to ease teachers' workloads outside the
classroom, following months of complaints from school employees who say
they're overworked and overwhelmed.
Linkage. It's a county School Board committee tasked with increasing community engagement and outreach. The problem is, "Most people don't really realize what [the Linkage Committee] is," said School Board member Daniel Storck (Mount Vernon District), chairman of the committee. So, the School Board is changing the committee's name to something more obvious -- such as the Public Engagement Committee. The board will vote on the name change later this month.
Laurie Blackburn calls the public school where her son attends first grade extraordinary. She isn’t the only one. Hollin Meadows Elementary has drawn national attention for its outdoor gardening and science program, where students grow food and learn about native plants and insects on the school site. First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Mount Vernon school to learn more about its outdoor program last fall, and Hollin Meadows students have been invited to her vegetable garden at the White House two years in a row.
As the school year ends, school board members across Texas are heading to class. Their lessons are board training sessions, some of which will teach them to put aside personal agendas, support their superintendents, and embrace the idea that board members and the superintendents make up a team. Their teachers are often education consultants, mostly former superintendents and trustees.
I wanted to thank you for Ms. Kimm’s two recent pieces in the Connection regarding the operations of the FCPS School Board. I am one of the parents who co-founded the Fairfax Education Coalition, because I concluded that FCPS has a culture of stonewalling and deception, with the support of many but not all of the current School Board members. FCPS administrators who want to be transparent unfortunately learn that this is not the way that they are expected to do business in FCPS, and most react as one would expect.
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.
I read with great interest Laura V. Berthiaume's July 25 Local Opinions commentary, "Who really controls the Montgomery schools," about the Montgomery County Board of Education's relationship with its superintendent and staff. While there are many differences between our systems, Ms. Berthiaume succinctly captured a core shared tension when she wrote: "In the balance of power between the board of education and the bureaucracy, the superintendent and his staff hold all the cards. They outwit, outlast and outplay."