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Fairfax County School Board

Editor’s Notebook: So many hopes, and yet they were dashed

When she was first elected chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, it appeared that Phyllis Randall had a refreshing common-sense head on her shoulders. But as the intervening years have proved, she’s been sucked into the vortex that...

Editorial: Welcome proves a little tepid for new superintendent

The Fairfax County School Board hired itself a new superintendent last week, but only after three of the 12 School Board members voted against the selection. Had Fairfax an actual functional two-party political system – or perhaps a School Board...

Commentary: Superintendent pick unlikely to improve FCPS performance

On April 14, the Fairfax County School Board decided by a vote of 9-3 to approve the hiring of a new school superintendent, Michelle Reid.

Not everyone rolls out welcome mat for new superintendent

The Fairfax County School Board voted 9-3 April 14 to appoint Michelle Reid as Fairfax County Public Schools’ next superintendent, but the school community’s less-than-enthusiastic welcome – and divided approval vote – indicate Reid will need to build bridges...

Letter: ‘One Fairfax’ policy another heavy-handed tactic

Editor: One day after the Fairfax County School Board adopted its One Fairfax policy in 2017, our Board of Supervisors adopted it, too. While its measured words describe itself as little more than an instrument to effect economic growth, iIt...

Editorial: Court ruling on TJ admissions strikes blow for fairness

It seems we in Sun Gazette-land have been proved right now that a federal judge has overturned Fairfax County’s affirmative-action admissions policy for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, which impacted all participating jurisdictions, including Arlington. Apparently Fairfax...

Editor’s Notebook: Agreeing with a School Board member (from Fairfax, no less!)

Fair is fair, and I'm nothing if not fair. A judge earlier this week tossed the recall petition against Fairfax School Board member Laura Jane Cohen of Springfield District, bringing that particular political contretemps to an end for the...

Editorial: Time to start fresh on Fairfax School Board

Back in 1950, a 24-year-old first-time candidate for public office (in this case, the British parliament) named Margaret Roberts came up with a slogan she hoped would help her campaign unseat not just the entrenched incumbent, but the majority...

Fairfax officials push back against Youngkin actions

Despite a Jan. 13 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Biden administration’s COVID-vaccine mandate for large employers and an executive order from Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) to end mandatory masking in schools, Fairfax County officials said they...

Editorial: Time to ditch Fairfax district names?

With the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors having rejiggered the boundaries of its nine magisterial districts in order to account for updated census data, one can almost bet that some on the body will be pushing to change a...
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