Meet FCPS At-Large School Board Candidate: Ilryong Moon

Discipline reform has become a key issue in this school board race. See how the candidates stack up.

Ten candidates are vying for an at-large seat on the Fairfax County School Board. Patch has asked each of them a series of questions on discipline policy reform - a topic fast becoming a key issue in this crowded race.

1. Do you think the recent reforms passed by the school board changing the discipline policy were appropriate?

In overall, it was a good first positive step.  I wanted to go a little further on parental notification.  However, my amendment did not pass.  I will wait and see, as the school system collects data, to determine what other actions, if any, we need to take to further improve the discipline system.

2. How would you have voted on this issue?

How I voted is a matter of public record. (Editor's Note: Ilryong Moon is an incumbent candidate.)

3. What is your opinion on the involuntary transfer policy that allows schools to move students to other schools as punishment?

I must say that disciplinary actions we take should not just be a punishment.  They should serve multi-purposes, including providing opportunities for the students being disciplined to continue with their learning, improve their behaviors, and redeem themselves.  Such actions also serve to maintain and protect the learning environment for other students, teachers, and other staff in schools and to deter other students from committing similar infractions.  Having said that, however, a school transfer should not be lightly handed out but be, instead, imposed in the most serious cases.

4. Do you think the discipline policy needs to be further reformed? If so, what recommendations would you make?

As I have already said in #1, what the school board did was a good first positive step.  I wish that I had enough support from my colleagues on the board on my parental notification amendment.  I want to closely monitor how the policy changes the school board adopted are affecting the discipline process and educational opportunities of the students being disciplined.  After all, the discipline system exists to promote the best welfare of our students and school system.  I will pay a close attention to the length of the process, the adequacy of learning opportunities for the students while going through process, appropriateness of dispositions as compared to the nature of infractions, and improvement of student behaviors among others.

Candidate-Submitted Biography


  • Born in 1957 in Seoul, Korea.
  • Immigrated to the U.S. in 1974.
  • Married.  Two children, products of Fairfax County public schools, graduated in 2006 and 2009. 


  • T.C. Williams Senior High School, Alexandria, Virginia.
  • B.A., cum laude, Harvard University. 
  • J.D., Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary.


  • Partner, Moon, Park & Associates in Annandale, Virginia.


  • Member, At-Large, Fairfax County School Board   (2004-Present). Vice Chairman, 2005, and Chairman, 2006.
  • Member, Braddock District, Fairfax County School Board (1996-1999).
  • Member, At-Large, Fairfax County School Board (07/1995-12/1995).
  • At-Large Commissioner, Fairfax County Planning Commission (2000-2003).
  • Trustee, Montessori School of Northern Virginia (1994-1995).
  • Member, Annandale Rotary Club, since 1998.
  • Member, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Member & Treasurer, Board of Directors, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (2000-2010).
  • Member, Governor Kaine’s Urban Policy Task Force (2007-2009).
  • Former Member, Fairfax-Falls Church Regional Council, United Way.
  • Former Member, Community Service Fund, Fairfax-Falls Church Region, United Way.
  • Former Member, Congregational Health Partnership Advisory Committee, Inova Health System.
  • Former Member, Virginia State Advisory Committee, U.S. Civil Rights Commission.


  • Fluent in Korean.
  • Enjoys singing.

Patch will be running a question-and-answer series each day with the remaining school board candidates who are seeking an at-large seat on the Fairfax County School Board.

Check back daily to read why each of these candidates thinks discipline policy reform has become a key issue in this race.

Past articles:

Molly Field October 03, 2011 at 05:21 PM
With all due respect, Mr. Moon, it's time to move on; your kids are out of FCPS. There needs to be reform on this SB platform -- starting with the last term members can run for are those that end when their children graduate or move on from FCPS.
Janet October 10, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Mr. Moon, You repeated 10th grade. What is your opinion of TJHSST policy that does not allow a student to repeat 9th grade even if the student has a serious problem such as brain cancer. These students have been kicked out of TJ for 20 years except for one honor student who then felt so unwelcome by administrator's actions she sadly left TJHSST to be safe at another school. What is the policy now?
Susan Larson (Editor) October 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Dear Janet: We've noticed that you comment often about TJHSST, and that you are not happy with the school. What is your connection with TJ? What is your last name?
Janet October 10, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Hi Susan, I think TJHSST is a wonderful school with wonderful students and parents. Sometimes parents are "not happy" with one issue and we end up with Fairgrades, Zero Tolerance Reform and other ideas being brought into the open. Other times communities aren't happy about what is being done at one school and they still lose their school (Clifton). I do not use my name or full name on public forums and I'm rarely a public person. Also, to protect my children's privacy. I ask that the Patch protect our privacy. Is this ok? If not, let me know. Thank you. I think given the overall focus of Zero Tolerance during this election, it seems a fair question. We may have lost much if Mr. Moon had been removed from his school in 10th grade just because he was driven to succeed and as a new immigrant just needed to learn more English. Best....
Janet October 10, 2011 at 01:54 PM
P.S. I am just a parent.
Jane Q. Public October 11, 2011 at 04:59 AM
As an editor and one reporting on an election, why is it necessary to question a poster on a news/blog site about who they are or what their connection is to a specific school if they comment? This seems a very strange practice.
Richard Holmquist October 11, 2011 at 06:45 AM
Anonymous Jane has a fair point. If you have a policy that permits anonymity, you have an obligation to support it as a neutral editor. I believe that policy to be short-sighted, and I encourage you to take it up with the Patch hierarchy if you agree. Anonymous postings often suggest a lack of moral courage as far as I'm concerned, but leave it up to the rest of us to browbeat the abusers. You have a sophisticated enough readership. It's easy enough for us to sniff out the posters with an agenda or a vendetta.
Susan Larson (Editor) October 11, 2011 at 01:23 PM
"We want everyone to enjoy Patch, so you may use the Service without registration (ie, signing up with a email address and password). However, in order to access some aspects of the Service, you will need to register for an account. Your account is for your sole, personal use. ... Patch believes in transparency, and we ask that all your registration information be truthful. You may not use any aliases or other means to mask your true identity." http://burke.patch.com/terms I questioned "Janet" because she often comments about TJ, and not only following this article. Is she a parent of a TJ student or a student who didn't get into TJ? If you go to her profile there is no information. She is making hard-hitting comments. I believe it would benefit our readers to know from what experience she is speaking.
Susan Larson (Editor) October 11, 2011 at 01:44 PM
You may use Patch without registering. However, the terms for registering and commenting include this statement: "Patch believes in transparency, and we ask that all your registration information be truthful. You may not use any aliases or other means to mask your true identity." http://burke.patch.com/terms Thank you.
Molly Field October 11, 2011 at 03:38 PM
I see comments all the time by "Neighbor" and other aliases I can't remember. First names, etc. I agree with Mr. Holmquist about his comment that the other readers can browbeat abusers, but if Patch doesn't allow aliases, and there's really no way to check, then we have to go on the honor system. If people want to hide behind fake names, well, then their data / suppositions are hard to support.
Will Radle October 11, 2011 at 04:38 PM
On Sept. 13, the incumbent Fairfax County chairman hoarded $28,690,000 for unspecified use in 2013 rather than helping 100 children living in poverty throughout Fairfax County. The immediate past chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee Del. Scott Surovell asked the Board of Supervisors to make a modest investment in early childhood education and the incumbent chairman did nothing. Instead she hoarded $28,690,000 for unspecified use in 2013. I was there. http://www.youtube.com/WillRadle1 A. Will Radle, Jr. (I) Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com 571-358-9711
The Convict October 11, 2011 at 09:47 PM
I really have to say, Larson, that I believe that Ms. Public's protection of her identity behind a moniker is probably a far more sane way of dealing with a public forum than the (foolhardy) position of posting your full name. Any Nigerian Prince with a decent webbot would have a field day considering how much personal information people post about themselves on this board. In fact, I'm betting that, based on what little information you have posted on here, I could come up with all kinds of demographic data about you, like your full name, address, telephone number. From there I could probably easily branch out to DoB, SSN, spouse(s), children, parents and sibs. Then push on to the really important stuff, like credit history. I respect your right to put your full name out there for anybody and everybody to find. However, to expect, or to attempt to shame, others to expose themselves to gawd-only-knows-who-else-may-be-reading-this-blog would be doing your readers a disservice.
The Convict October 11, 2011 at 09:52 PM
$28,690,000 for 100 children? That $286,900 per child. If these are the true numbers, then he quite rightly hoarded the money.
Will Radle November 03, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Bulova did nothing when Del. Surovell, immediate past Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chairman, advocated for 100 children to access early childhood education. The cost would have been $830,000. Instead, she hoarded $28,690,000 for unspecified use in 2013 when we already had over $100 million in our rainy day reserve fund. Convict, I regret my delayed response here. For some reason, I was not provided notification even though I am following this conversation. A. Will Radle, Jr. (I) Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1 571-358-9711


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