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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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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

VA Tech Students Named Presidential Management Fellows


Two Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy students have been named Presidential Management Fellows. The prestigious federal program trains future government leaders. 

27 jul 11 @ 10:21 am          Comments

"Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia"


Creative program at the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science blends internships and online learning to build a pipeline for Virginia companies to hire Virginia engineering students. 

27 jul 11 @ 10:09 am          Comments

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Discussion of Federal Child Care Grants

Headed downtown to the New America Foundation tomorrow for "a conversation about early learning in child care settings and how dual generational child care policies can support families." My kind of field trip! 
20 jul 11 @ 9:38 pm          Comments

FCPS Students Take Top Honors at National FCCLA Conference

Congratulations to our winning FCPS students from Madison, Chantilly and Mount Vernon High Schools! FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.
20 jul 11 @ 2:50 pm          Comments

Monday, July 18, 2011

Treating Teachers as Professionals Works


‎"Whatever the differences among Finland, Singapore and Korea, teachers in those countries are treated as professionals and consider themselves so. Being a teacher is a sought-after position, and providing the right cocktail of incentives and disincentives is not a major preoccupation of policymakers." 

18 jul 11 @ 11:32 pm          Comments

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Northern Virginia's Children's Science Center


So much great science going on this summer, thanks to the Children's Science Center, and they don't even have walls yet! Support their work by shopping at Reston Whole Foods on July 27 or volunteering at the Fairfax County 4-H Fair at Frying Pan Park on August 6 or 7. Check their web site for more!

17 jul 11 @ 9:46 am          Comments

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Should Successful Suburban Districts Welcome Charters?


Should successful suburban districts consider charters? Are suburban charters "boutique schools" or answers to hidden shortcomings? I believe a great school system doesn't need charters because it's already innovating and adapting the best ideas to meet every child's needs. Top-down pressure from Washington and national education foundations is endangering that vision by tying funding for innovation to charters. 

17 jul 11 @ 12:39 am          Comments

Friday, July 15, 2011

Award-Winning Architecture from UVA Students
UVA architecture students design award-winning school in Uganda.  http://www.architectmagazine.com/education/needs-and-deeds.aspx
15 jul 11 @ 7:19 pm          Comments

Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA)
VISTA improves science teaching and learning in high-needs Virginia schools.  http://news.gmu.edu/articles/6880
15 jul 11 @ 7:16 pm          Comments

Friday, July 15, 2011

Herndon HS Teacher Selected for NASA Space Flight! 15 jul 11 @ 12:10 am          Comments

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dan Domenech on No Child Left Behind
 Our former FCPS Superintendent Dan Domenech, now Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators, explaining No Child Left Behind - what has worked, what hasn't and where to go from here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfLgvnTqB5A&feature=youtube_gdata_player
13 jul 11 @ 10:08 am          Comments

Hands-on Science Camp in Reston! 13 jul 11 @ 7:57 am          Comments

Monday, July 11, 2011

House Meeting in Westbriar Neighborhood
Wonderful group of neighbors and parents at the Konde home in Vienna this morning! Thanks so much to the Konde family and all the guests for an enlightening discussion. Takeaways include overcrowded schools, especially in the Tysons area, length of school day and preparation for science and engineering careers.
11 jul 11 @ 1:09 am          Comments

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Fairfax County Public Schools
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.