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 Thank you to the voters of the Hunter Mill District for electing me their new representative on the Fairfax County School Board!  I am very excited about getting started on the work of building an even better school system.  Please watch here - and at facebook.com/VotePatHynes - for new contact information for me.


A Teacher's Voice for Children of Fairfax County

Candidate for Fairfax County School Board, 2011, Hunter Mill District.
Endorsed by: Washington Post, Fairfax Education Association, Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee
A twenty-year county resident, educator, attorney, parent and civic activist, Pat is a classroom teacher who began her journey as an educator first as a parent. She was the president of her children's cooperative preschool, president of their elementary school PTA, founding member of the Vienna Teen Center Foundation and also civic association president for five years. Pat has invested her energies in community and civic organizations and currently serves on the Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent's Business and Community Advisory Council. Trained as an attorney, she has focused her career on the educational field to ensure that every child and family gets the most out of all the Fairfax County School system has to offer.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Join Voices for Virginia's Children

‎250,000 VA children live in poverty. 144,000 have no health insurance. VA is last in the nation in moving children out of foster care into permanent families. Join former VA First Lady Anne Holton and Voices for Virginia's Children.


12 jun 11 @ 9:16 pm          Comments

Roanoke School Board Urges VA to Participate in Common Core

Roanoke County School Board asks Virginia School Boards Association for help encouraging Virginia's participation in Common Core standards. With 42 other states and the District on board, and federal and private foundation funds increasingly tied to Common Core participation, the argument that VA's SOLs are superior to anything coming out of the Common Core discussion is less and less compelling.


12 jun 11 @ 9:09 pm          Comments

State Waivers for No Child Left Behind?
If Congress doesn't amend No Child Left Behind by September, the Obama administration will begin granting waivers of compliance to states that have opened the door to more charters, toughened teacher evaluation systems and overhauled poorest schools. Could be progress, but I worry about the continuing emphasis on test scores and top-down policy prescriptions, like charters, that are not appropriate everywhere.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/education/12educ.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto 
12 jun 11 @ 9:02 pm          Comments

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FCPS administers public schools in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. With over 175,000 students enrolled, FCPS is the largest public school system in the Baltimore-Washington and Northern Virginia Metropolitan Area. The most notable commitment that Fairfax County makes to its school system is the allocation of 53.5% of its 2011 fiscal budget to the school system. Including state and federal government contributions, along with citizen and corporate contributions, this brings the 2010 fiscal budget for the school system to $2.2 billion. The school system has estimated that, based on the 2010 fiscal budget, the county will invest $12,550 in each student during the 2010-2011 school year.