PWC School Board Sets An Example For Our Supervisors To Follow

Our accolades to the majority of the Prince William County school board who voted to study moving to a zero-based budget process (h/t The Derecho and PWC Education Reform Blog.) Chairman Milt Johns and Board members Lisa Bell, Betty Covington, Steve Keen, Alyson Satterwhite, and Gil Trenum each deserve our thanks.  In light of the … More PWC School Board Sets An Example For Our Supervisors To Follow

Fairfax County chooses a new School Superintendent

For the first time FCPS has chosen a woman to lead the largest school system in Virginia with 196 schools and 181,000 students.  Karen Garza comes from a school district in Texas with 30,000 students.  She has spent 26 years as an educator and seems like a pretty typical public school superintendent.  I wouldn’t expect … More Fairfax County chooses a new School Superintendent

Virginia, education spending, and budgets

During the great transportation-tax-love-in last month, a slew of Republican delegates and senators lamented that there was “nowhere to cut” in the Virginia budget. I can still hear Dave Albo running through the list of uncuttables. One item he simply glossed over was “education” – as if it were impossible to find any efficiencies there. … More Virginia, education spending, and budgets

Where are the Best Schools in the Washington DC area? What is Fairfax county doing that Loudoun and Prince William are not doing?

Which public schools are the best in the DC area?  Looking at SAT scores, Fairfax county comes out on top with a large range (nearly 500 points out of 2,400) from the highest to the lowest. Average Combined SAT Scores 2011-2012 Fairfax county 1659 Montgomery county 1651 Arlington County 1641 Loudoun County 1590 Prince William … More Where are the Best Schools in the Washington DC area? What is Fairfax county doing that Loudoun and Prince William are not doing?

Obama’s Former Budget Director Blames Summer For Making Kids “Dumber and Fatter”

President Obama’s former Budget Director Peter Orszag must be aiming to become the world’s biggest buzzkill.  He penned an op-ed for Bloomberg saying that summer makes kids “dumber and fatter.”  Wrong. Parents who don’t take an active involvement in their children’s lives are the ones who are responsible for making their kids dumb (and subsequently … More Obama’s Former Budget Director Blames Summer For Making Kids “Dumber and Fatter”

Did Charges Of “Scientific Misconduct” Play A Part In Teresa Sullivan’s Dismissal From UVA?

In all the swirling storm and controversy over the dismissal of Teresa Sullivan from UVA, one factor has not been widely discussed.  Did alleged “scientific misconduct” play a role in the decision to terminate her? In 1989, Ms. Sullivan co-authored a book with now-MA Dem Sen. candidate Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren and Jay Westbrook entitled, “As … More Did Charges Of “Scientific Misconduct” Play A Part In Teresa Sullivan’s Dismissal From UVA?

Political Correctness has taken over TJHSST

Over the last few years, the admission office at TJHSST has tried valiantly to make the school the perfect mix of races, and intelligence.  TJ can only admit 450 students a year while more than 3,000 apply.   In the school’s never ending, politically correct, race based goals, the admission office now admits  at least one-third of the students … More Political Correctness has taken over TJHSST

Fauquier County Schools Superintendent Should Go.

As budget decision time for the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors nears, I wrote this letter to the Editor of the Fauquier Times Democrat. The focus of the entire county has been the school budget proposal put forth by Dr. Lewis, Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Lewis’ proposed budget would increase the school budget by $5 … More Fauquier County Schools Superintendent Should Go.

Northern Virginia 2011 SAT scores

SAT Scores for Arlington (red), Fairfax (blue) and Loudoun (green). TJ 2184 Langley 1819 McLean 1772 Woodson 1750 Madison 1746 Oakton 1733 Yorktown 1724 Marshall 1672 Lake Braddock 1665  Robinson 1663  Stone Bridge 1655  Fairfax 1638  West Springfield 1632  Westfield 1627  Chantilly 1626  Loudoun Valley 1624 Herndon 1613  Briar Woods 1611 Centreville 1611  Washington-Lee 1609 … More Northern Virginia 2011 SAT scores

Michael Barone Warns Of The Coming Higher Education Bubble Burst

I’ve been telling people this for years and now Michael Barone has picked up on it, too. Here is what I said more than two years ago: Like anything else, colleges react to market forces.  If they can charge more for a product, they will.  If we haven’t already, we will soon see a “college … More Michael Barone Warns Of The Coming Higher Education Bubble Burst

Fairfax Democrats choose School Board candidates

Fairfax county democrats have endorsed their candidates for School Board for November. Ilryong Moon, Charisse Espy Glassman and Ted Velkoff will run for the three at large seats. In the district races, the following candidates have been endorsed: Jane K.Strauss – Dranesville Patricia Hynes – Hunter Mill Sandra Evans – Mason Megan McLaughlin – Braddock … More Fairfax Democrats choose School Board candidates

No They Couldn’t

From the “Yes We Can!” to “No They Couldn’t…” category: Asbury Park New Jersey’s Barack H. Obama Elementary School is closing due to low academic achievement, declining enrollment and fiscal problems — sort of a microcosm of the Obama Administration itself. Take heart, though, Obama lovers. The district plans to keep the Obama name as it … More No They Couldn’t

BREAKING: PWC School Board Names New Middle School For Ronald Reagan

In an effort to find middle ground in the minor skirmish that has erupted over the possibility of the PWC School Board bypassing the naming committee’s suggestion of Piney Branch Elementary School for the new school opening on the Linton Hall Road, a compromise has reportedly been reached.  At tonight’s School Board meeting, the board … More BREAKING: PWC School Board Names New Middle School For Ronald Reagan

PWC School Bd. To Vote On Reagan Elementary Name Tonight

I would urge all of you to please get behind this citizen grassroots effort.  In this the centennial year of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, with celebrations going on all over the country all year long, what better timer to pay homage to one of the greatest Americans of all time, regardless of political persuasions.  May I … More PWC School Bd. To Vote On Reagan Elementary Name Tonight