In many communities, the race for Fairfax County School Board seats are overshadowing the General Assembly races in this November's elections.
Seven candidates are running for the board's three at-large positions, five members aren't seeking re-election and several incumbents are being challenged, which could mean a complete overhaul of the board's membership.
At 11 a.m. Friday, Patch will discuss how this year's election compares with those of years past, why so many people have stepped forward to run for office and what issues are driving parents to the polls. School Board Member Brad Center (Lee District), Steve Greenburg, President of Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, and Greg Brandon, corresponding secretary for the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, web editor for the Fairfax Education Coalition and former at-large school board candidate, will be panelists for the discussion.
The panelists will also discuss what the election means for teachers and the classroom, and whether groups of dissatisfied parents are accurately representing the majority of the county's voters.
Readers, parents and voters are also encouraged to participate with their questions and comments.
Come back at 11 a.m. to join the chat. A full transcript of the chat can be replayed after it is completed.
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