Red Apple Mom

September 8, 2011

Look Who Teachers Did NOT Endorse for School Board

The Fairfax Education Association (FEA) issued its official list of endorsements for School Board Wednesday.  Guess who didn’t make the cut?  18-year incumbent School Board Chair Jane Strauss, Dranesville District — that’s who.

FEA also ignored the most recent past School Board Chair Kathy Smith, Sully District.

Ouch.  That’s gotta hurt.

FEA has drawn a serious line with their endorsements.  They are clearly backing School Board candidates whose work will continue to focus on teachers and kids rather than the army of bureaucrats who blindly carry out Superintendent Dale’s bidding at central headquarters.

Kudos to FEA for specifically stating in their press release that FEA is “party blind” with their endorsements.  FEA did a great job of doing just that – endorsing a number of highly qualified candidates that includes Democratic and Republican endorsed candidates as well as one Independent.

Red Apple Mom is VERY excited that several of my own picks for School Board received FEA’s endorsement including:

Louise Epstein – running against Incumbent Jane Strauss in the Dranesville District.  Website:

Megan McLaughlin – running for the open seat in the Braddock District.  Website:

Lolita Mancheno-Smoak  – running for one of three At-Large seats.  Website:

Steve Stuban – running for one of three At-Large seats.  Website:

Sandy Evans – running unopposed in the Mason District.   Website:

Patty Reed – running unopposed in the Providence District.  Website:

I have great hope that a new School Board will welcome teachers back into the policy-making fold in FCPS.  Our great teachers are on the front lines in the classroom working with our kids every day.  They see what works and know what doesn’t.  I am highly encouraged that if November’s election results for School Board are favorable, teachers will once again be taken as serious partners whose opinions are solicited, valued and acted upon to improve Fairfax County Public Schools!

FEA Press Release



  1. Hi, I’d like to also ask you to endorse Sheree Brown-Kaplan for school board.
    Sheree understands special education issues as the parent of two students with special needs. She is understands personally how important it is to be listened to by our elected officials.
    I have known her for several years and she is a very smart, capable woman who is devoted to accountability.
    Thank you for your blog.
    take care, teresa champion

    Comment by teechamp — September 8, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    • I haven’t issued my Red Apple Mom Preferred School Board candidate list and won’t until we close in on the election. As I have told readers in earlier blog entries, Sheree Brown-Kaplan is one of the candidates I have been supporting. She would bring exceptional “added value” to this school system with her special education expertise. I also believe she has a temperment to work well with others who may have differing viewpoints. I wish her the best of luck during this campaign.

      Comment by Red Apple Mom — September 9, 2011 @ 9:12 am

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