It’s going to be an exciting week. By Tuesday night, we’ll know who our next school board will be.
Do you value the status quo that ignores community and teacher concerns?
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Do you value a new dynamic that engages the public as true partners for making improvements to our public schools?
The Washington Post values the status quo. They’ve endorsed a nearly straight Democratic party ticket. Actually I should say “She” has endorsed a nearly straight Democratic party ticket. Contrary to popular belief, these Washington Post endorsements are not issued by an objective editorial “board.” A single person at the Washington Post makes these endorsements – and she doesn’t even live in Virginia. Weigh the value of a Washington Post endorsement with some skepticism.
The Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) also values the status quo. They have stated they want a full Democratic-endorsed slate of candidates elected to the school board. They only care about party – not effectiveness or qualifications to serve.
Don’t the Washington Post and FCDC realize that Republicans and Independents send their children to public school too?
Are we to assume that if a parent is a Republican or Independent, their child doesn’t matter to Fairfax County Public Schools? They don’t seem to matter to the Washington Post or the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. And if a whole slate of Democratic-only endorsed candidates is elected, how will they represent you and your child if you aren’t an anointed, partisan Democrat?
You know who isn’t focused on party affiliation as the marker of a good School Board member? Parent and teacher groups. Parent and teacher groups are focused on talented candidates who have ideas for reform – irrespective of party label – so that we have officials advocating for the community instead of rubber stamping the superintendent – reform that will lead to the hiring of an independent auditor so the public can find out why administrative spending has so grossly outpaced student enrollment growth and reform that will lead to data-based, decision-making instead of a system that hides the ball and ignores the facts.
The parent and teacher endorsements matter the most because they come from the people who have been observing and interacting with FCPS officials for years and they don’t have a political agenda guiding their choices like FCDC.
I’ve taken a lot of hits this campaign season. I’ve had my blog comments inaccurately parsed and not put into context. I’ve been personally attacked by many anonymous posters on community blogs and I am unfairly taking heat for campaign “activities” that I am not in the least way involved in.
But that’s what happens when you take on the status quo. They will defend their turf no matter what it takes to keep their power. When you dance with fire, you have to expect some flames will be thrown your way.
The status quo, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Washington Post have all postured themselves to defend the Gatehouse castle. They don’t want reform. They like the incumbents and are pushing for their re-election at all costs.
Voters, you are the ones with the real power. FCDC doesn’t get to vote. The Washington Post doesn’t get to vote. But you do.
Do you want leaders who will go the distance and fight for the community’s concerns?
Do you want leaders who are ahead of the curve on issues of concern to the public so that parent and teacher groups don’t have to drive change?
Do you want leaders who want to engage the public and teachers as true partners?
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Do you prefer incumbents (and some new candidates) who have sat on the sidelines for years defending the status quo because they ARE the status quo?
You decide. Your Vote Matters.
Here are my picks: