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Virginia lawmakers seek to simplify school ratings with A to F grades

Published on: 
Mon, 02/25/2013
Media Source: 
Washington Post

To simplify an ever-growing list of school rankings, Virginia lawmakers have approved a new way to rate the state’s schools, and it’s borrowed straight from teachers’ grade books:

Teacher Pay a Heavy Topic at Schools Hearing

Published on: 
Wed, 01/30/2013
Media Source: 
The Patch

Kevin Hickerson has taught in Fairfax County Public Schools for a decade, but this year is the first he's realized he may need to change careers if he wants to continue to live here and make en

Volunteers Push SLEEP for Success During Back-to-School Nights

Published on: 
Mon, 10/08/2012
Media Source: 
The Patch

People in Fairfax care about teenagers, and want to provide a healthy and appropriate environment for them.

Op-Ed: FCPS Has a Credibility Problem

Published on: 
Thu, 05/17/2012
Media Source: 
The Patch

In testimony to the Fairfax County School Board on May 15, I expressed concern that our school system has a serious credibility problem.

Fairfax County Public Schools to look into later start times for high school students

Published on: 
Fri, 04/13/2012
Media Source: 
Fox 5 News

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Fairfax County school board members voted 10 to 2 Thursday night in favor of a resolution that would explore starting high school classes later. Many on the board seemed to be swayed by arguments made by some parents, educators, health professionals and students that forcing teenagers to wake up early goes against their natural clocks and leads to poor school performance. Many like Caroline Hemenway, who has a daughter in her senior year, says it has been proven scientifically. “Adolescents have brain chemistry that doesn't let them get to sleep until after 11 o'clock or so at night, so in order to get the full amount of sleep that they need, they have to be able to sleep later on in the morning,” says Hemenway.

School security cameras proposal draws parent glares in Fairfax County

Published on: 
Sat, 09/17/2011
Media Source: 
Connection Newspapers

A group of high school principals has proposed expanding the use of video surveillance cameras from outside of schools to inside as well.

A Question of Honor Fairfax County families advocate for honors in addition to AP classes.

Published on: 
Tue, 05/31/2011
Media Source: 
Connection Newspapers

Parents across Fairfax County are asking school officials to put more honors classes back into the course offerings at area high schools. FAIRGRADE, a parent advocacy group that successfully convinced Fairfax County to change its grading policies two years ago, has passed a resolution asking for the county to implement a more robust honors program in high schools.

Fairfax public schools expect to use more trailers

Published on: 
Thu, 03/25/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Trailers are a reality at nearly 70 percent of public schools in Fairfax County. Of about 135 schools with trailers, 14 have trailers numbering in the double digits.

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