Who We Are
We are a growing team of parents, students, and others determined to reverse increasing inequities in the Fairfax County Public Schools through advocating for the following actions:
- A countywide comprehensive boundary study that will eliminate gerrymandered school districts.
- Address the impact Advanced Academic Programs (AAP centers) have had on school pyramid structures.
- Reform the regulations and policies that allow for the abuse of transfers outside of assigned pyramid schools.
- Educate the public on the importance of diversity in public schools.
The above must be accomplished through aggressive implementation of the One Fairfax policy, which was approved in November 2017 and requires all FCPS decisions to be made through an equity lens.
Learn more about the issues below and join us in our fight to fix our school system.
Current geographic boundaries and uneven curriculum opportunities among FCPS schools encourage parents to self-select schools outside their boundary (pyramid) base school. Regulations and policies are often manipulated by parents resulting in almost 20,000 K-12 FCPS students transferring out of their own pyramid base school.
The School Board’s failure to undertake a comprehensive, countywide boundary re-alignment to address changing demographics, inattention to student transfer policies, and reluctance to address equitable program curriculum among all pyramid base schools has benefited higher socio-economic schools at the expense of lower socio-economic schools.
Current inequities within Fairfax County Public Schools disproportionately affects students attending schools with higher percentages of poverty.
An increasing number of FCPS schools are approaching and/or exceeding 40% free and reduced meal (F/R/M %), identified in the 2013 FCPS study as a tipping point above which student achievement dramatically declines.
FCPS is a public school system set up to serve the public, all of it, where they live. We should educate students where they live.
Adding capacity and building more schools is both financially unrealistic and inequitable when options such as adjusting boundaries to fill seats at schools with empty seats is an option.
I ask the board to have the courage to look at school boundaries. Several reports developed by the School Board mention this as an option, usually at the bottom because it’s not popular. Let’s stop kicking the can down the road, we’re going to have to deal with this.
Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) are complicating the job of those charged with providing adequate school capacity and resources for students.
Please join our efforts to address FCPS inequities
Join us to learn more about how FCPS became so inequitable and how you can add your voice to our efforts in bettering our school system for all students and their families.
About the Issues
FCPS organizational structure and policies contribute to inequitable distribution of resources. These inequities inhibit all schools from being able to adequately educate, equip, and prepare students to succeed in the future beyond the classroom. Click to read more.
Poor application of FCPS boundary policies, coupled with School Board inertia, have led to increased inequities along socio-economic lines. Inequitable boundary adjustments lead to loss of curriculum rigor and a drop in teacher and parental volunteer resources within schools experiencing declining enrollment. Click to read more.
Student Transfer/Pupil Placement
Student Transfer Regulation 2230 – FCPS student transfer regulation 2230 has been manipulated by parents to the effect of moving students from lower to wealthier socio-economic schools. Click to read more.
Elementary and Middle Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Centers
There are 3 issues that need immediate attention: 1.) The uneven FCPS distribution of advanced academic programs (AAP), 2.) the dramatic increase in students qualifying for AAP, and 3.) the application screening process that favors those of higher socio-economic levels and contributes to inequitable distribution of FCPS resources and student academic opportunities. Click to read more.
International Baccalaureate vs Advanced Placement
Currently, FCPS is doing an injustice to the IB curriculum and the students who can benefit from it due to misinformation and lack of communication surrounding IB programs. Click to read more.
Language Immersion Programs
One of the guiding principles of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is to offer unique programming made available in all pyramids in order to keep students within their zoned pyramid. Click to read more.
The FCPS approach of adding temporary classrooms (trailers) to overcapacity schools, specialized programs to undercapacity schools and other ad hoc measures have not been effective in providing relief to overcapacity in higher socio-economic schools and undercapacity in lower socio-economic schools. Click to read more.
High School Athletics
Declining enrollment in lower socio-economic FCPS leads to inequitable opportunities for students, fewer parent volunteers, and less revenue. Click to read more.
Acceptance Qualifications for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
“Does the No. 1 High School in America Practice Discrimination?” Click to read more.