Sunday, February 15, 2015

Contrast Montgomery’s wishy-washy approach... with that of Fairfax County

...Contrast Montgomery’s wishy-washy approach, including Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s mixed signals, with that of Fairfax County, which figured out a way to start high school between 8 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. There, Superintendent Karen Garza made clear she was committed to change, expert help was enlisted in fashioning a solution and board members based their decision on facts rather than anecdotes. Moreover, instead of having to contend with a teachers union more concerned about the convenience of its members, Fairfax officials had a real partner in teachers. “It will be a little uncomfortable for some, but ultimately it will be much more comfortable for our children and ultimately that is what our priority is,” said Steven Greenburg, president of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers. The Montgomery County Education Association, which released a suspect survey on the eve of the vote, should take a cue...


  1. The student board member was the biggest disappointment to her constituents. She forgot who elected her. The pressure to act like all the other adults around her was just too great. This is just another reason why student members of the board should not be given full voting rights.

  2. I agree. The student is leaving the system and is easily swayed by the adults. Also, the student has no idea how the superintendent works with staff and no one is going to share that information with a student.

  3. Agree. Students should not have voting rights on the Board.


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