Huge Win for Public Education in Fairfax County

May 28, 2016 7:45 pm

 

Fireworks of various colors bursting against a black backgroundThursday night, the Fairfax County Public School Board voted to approve the final budget. This vote was the final step in a huge win for the Fairfax Education Association and everyone who cares about providing a great education to the children of Fairfax County.

It has been a long journey.  At the start of the budget cycle this year it was a very real possibility that FCPS would have to cut up to $70 million from our programs.  This would have harmed thousands of staff and tens of thousands of students.

We Stood Together

Instead, FEA members stood together with parents, community groups, and county employees to convince the Board of Supervisors that FCPS has weathered enough cuts.  The Board of Supervisors were able to find the funding which allowed FCPS to continue to fund academics, athletics, and the arts while maintaining promises to employees.

Over the last six months, FEA members attended rallies, sent emails, made phone calls, spoke on the evening news, gave speeches, talked to friends, and lobbied the School Board and the Board of Supervisors.

I’ve been proud to have been at meetings and rallies, one evening after another, week after week, to stand with everyone one with you – whether you’re a bus driver, a teacher, a food service worker, an instructional assistant or another – every one of you have shown how hard you work to make Fairfax county schools fantastic.

Community Partners

We thank our community partners FACE, FLAGS, FCFT, Friends of FCPS, Invest in Fairfax, SEIU, #IAmFCPS, and everyone who worked with us to make this change a reality.

Thanks also to the FCPS School Board that stood strong and pushed for adequate funding, as well as the Board of Supervisors that listened to the community and did the right thing.

The final package isn’t perfect. There are real concerns about the removal of the retiree differential for substitute pay. But overall, substantial cuts were avoided, salaries were raised, workloads were made more manageable, and our children’s futures are a bit brighter.

In short, YOU WERE AMAZING!  WE CHANGED THE CONVERSATION!

CONGRATULATIONS! GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

 

Kimberly Adams

President, Fairfax Education Association

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