The Answer Sheet: Fairfax County Public schools

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)
Categories:  Fairfax County Public Schools | Tags:  Fairfax County Public schools, Fairfax budget cuts, Fairfax summer school, summer school, summer school cuts

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 02/04/2010

Fairfax County schools reject book challenges

Parental challenges to books in school curriculum usually make when district officials succumb to the challenge and restrict or remove the resource. But some don’t. Some stand firm and reject the challenge. That’s what Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia--one of the finest systems in the country--has been doing for years in the face of a handful of challenges about books in its classes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:26 PM ET, 02/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Literature, Literature, Literature | Tags:  Fairfax County Public Schools, challenging books

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/16/2009

SPOTLIGHT: How Unfair Are Grades?

If you have ever rolled your eyes in disbelief when your child tells you a teacher gave him or her an unfair grade, you may want to think again. Your child might be right. An expert on grading systems conducted an experiment with more than 10,000 educators that he says proves just how subjective grades can be.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Grades | Tags:  Douglas Reeves, Fairfax County Public Schools, Grades

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2009

P.S.: Who Watched Obama's Back-to-School Speech

My colleague Nick Anderson on the national schools beat offers a postscript to the flap over President Obama's back-to-school speech: There was much buzz beforehand about whether it was appropriate to show students the speech that Obama gave Tuesday at...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:55 AM ET, 09/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Civics Education, Civics Education, Civics Education | Tags:  Arlington Public Schools, Calvert County Schools, D.C. schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Howard County schools, Montgomery County Schools, P.G. Schools, President Obama, back-to-school, education speech

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)
Categories:  Fairfax County Public Schools | Tags:  Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County School Board, Jack Dale, teenagers and sleep