Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday forum in McLean was second in series of community meetings this week about replacing retiring Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Dale.
Parents at a community meeting Tuesday designed to gather input about Fairfax County's next superintendent say the new leader will step into an excellent school system, but also one with dwindling resources and an achievement gap it is struggling to close — challenges they said would be best navigated by someone who could maximize a limited budget and respect and listen to the community. The Tuesday meeting at Langley High School in McLean was one of several this week facilitated by the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the company hired to lead the search for a new Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent as Superintendent Jack Dale's retirement approaches in June. The firm also led the search for Montgomery County Public…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Deadline to sign up for admissions test to science and technology high school is Oct. 19.
Applications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), the Governor’s regional school for science and technology in Northern Virginia, are now available both online and in paper form, Fairfax County Public Schools announced. Earlier this year, U.S. News named the high school second best in the United States and the best high school in Virginia. The school is highly competitive, drawing an average of 3,300 applications for fewer than 500 open slots every year. Over the summer, the Fairfax County School Board started to discuss what a different admissions process may look like to alleviate concerns about some lack of diversity and some slippage in test scores. Here are the details on the admissions process: …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
First two days of public hearings bring more than 100 people to Government Center.
Editor's Note: Patch has been live blogging the budget public hearings this week. Read full coverage from Tuesday and Wednesday for details about each speaker and their comments. Thursday's live blog will start at 3 p.m., so come back to this site to follow along. -------- School funding, affordable housing and support for the arts were among the issues Fairfax County residents and employees brought before the Board of Supervisors this week during public hearings on the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. After eight combined hours and more than 100 speakers, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is through two of this week’s three public hearings. The hearings began with a Fairfax County School Board presentation on Tuesday night. School Board …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Take our poll: Should school have opened on time?
The Federal Government announced Sunday night a delay for Monday morning due to expected ice and freezing rain. That sent many a FCPS student hitting the refresh button repeatedly, waiting for word of an expected two-hour delay Monday. The announcement never came, though, and school started as scheduled, even as some slid their way to class. What were conditions like in your neck of the woods? Should the schools have started on time? Lots of folks (disappointed students, perhaps?) don't think so—at 10 a.m. Monday #FCPS was trending on Twitter. Let us know what you think by taking our poll or writing in the comments section below.