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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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Friday, September 30, 2011

Newseum Open House for Teachers Saturday 10/2! 30 sep 11 @ 5:41 pm          Comments

Saturday, September 24, 2011

No Child Left Behind Waivers - A Mixed Blessing?
I am of two minds about the President's plan to grant waivers of some of the more punitive parts of NCLB. Local control will be very good for FCPS, but it will come with strings attached. One string - basing teacher evaluations on student standardized test scores - is very worrisome. It is essential that teachers participate in the design of Virginia's response.
24 sep 11 @ 4:16 pm          Comments

Friday, September 23, 2011

Walk or Bike to School!

On October 5th, join families across Fairfax County and walk or bike to school.


23 sep 11 @ 9:29 pm          Comments

Consumer Protection for Student Loans
Student loans are in the news lately, as more and more college grads are faced with poor job prospects and immovable mountains of debt. If you have a story about your student loan experience, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to hear it.
23 sep 11 @ 6:37 pm          Comments

Monday, September 5, 2011

Back-to-School Message for Teachers

"There I was, a little nothing of a boy, lost and slumped, flickering in and out of being." Saved by a loving teacher. We may not be sure we've gotten it right every day for every child, but essays like this help us keep the faith. Happy first day of school to all the teachers out there!


5 sep 11 @ 7:24 pm          Comments

Saturday, September 3, 2011

West Virginia Schools Learn From Finland
Great article about what West Virginia has learned - and implemented - from the successful schools in Finland: project-based learning, de-emphasizing test scores and respecting teaching as "the most honorable profession."   http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/29/education.wv.finland/index.html
3 sep 11 @ 12:43 am          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.