The Answer Sheet: Fairfax County Public Schools

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 09/23/2011

The bottom line on Fairfax Schools Supt. Jack Dale

There is disconnect among some parents with Jack Dale, the superintendent of Fairfax County Schools, who just announced he will leave when his contract expires in 2013. But there’s more to his story.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:58 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/08/2010

Fairfax County slashes summer school

Fairfax County Public Schools is cutting summer school way back this year to save money, a move that could affect academic achievement in the county.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 02/16/2010

Fairfax doublespeak on school openings and MoCo’s gamble

In Fairfax, officials say it's safe enough for kids to return to school but county workers are allowed to take unscheduled leave. Something is wrong with this picture

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:31 AM ET, 02/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 01/14/2010

Saturday detention at Langley H.S.

"The Breakfast Club” it’s not. Danielle Burger, executive editor of the Saxon Scope, the student newspaper at Langley High School in McLean, Va., makes that clear in a story about kids ordered into Saturday detention. She wrote: “Students don’t dance around to music and attempt to break out. No sleeping, no talking, no hall privileges, no tardiness--Saturday school is serious business.” What does a kid have to do to go to Saturday detention?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 01/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 11/17/2009

Fairfax: You've got to be kidding

Music education without instruments? I wish someone were kidding. But that’s one of the possibilities in Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools, one of the finest systems in the country and the largest in the Washington D.C. area, as it wrestles with a projected $176 million shortfall for next year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:11 AM ET, 11/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 09/10/2009

Who Is Right in Fairfax Schools Contract Issue?

A coalition of Fairfax County parents groups and teachers unions are upset at what they say was little public input into an expected decision tonight by the School Board to extend the control of Jack Dale, the schools superintendent. This...

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:03 PM ET, 09/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)