A Voices of Fairfax Fact Check on the new FCPS Boundary Fact Sheet
In early August 2019, after record-breaking community attendance at the July 22, 2019 FCPS School Board work session, the School Board released a "Fairfax County Public Schools Boundary Fact Sheet."
This Fact Sheet that Fairfax Schools has released makes clear that the School Board still intends to pursue its misguided efforts to create a revised boundary policy, despite strong community opposition. The policy will dictate how future boundaries will be drawn, and aims to include criteria such as racial and socio-economic composition of schools as one of 4 factors when considering a boundary change. However, this document released by FCPS denies their doing anything of the sort.
To help clarify the truth behind this FCPS "Fact Sheet," we decided to fact check it. This short video walks through a few of the key points and inaccuracies.
FCPS: you've shared your facts. Here is the true narrative: with citations, links, and video clips to back it up. Focus on education, not your political agenda.
(1) February 25, 2019: 1:36:00: Pat Hynes: “It is this board's responsibility to tee this up for the next board. In my almost eight years we have not done one major boundary study. We have seismic issues across the county and we know it. And the new board coming in, they're just gonna have to kick it down the road … the fewer priorities we have the less political it will be. Because the more things you have for people to grab on to as a reason for transparency and that's just about time that takes time being transparent and if the next board takes a couple years to set up the system they're going to be a couple years later in a reelection year trying to make changes and they're not gonna do it right and it will go another four years.”
(2) Relevant documents:
(3) Relevant documents:
(4) Fairfax Schools have borrowed almost $1.5 Billion in bonds since 2011, on an every-other-year schedule:
2013: $250 Million
2015: $310 Million
2017: $315 Million
2019: $360 million referendum on the 11.5.19 ballot (including no $ for McLean)
(5) Page 4 of the current Boundary Policy, 8130 (page 4) lists the dates of the multiple reviews and revisions of the policy:
(6) See page 2 of the Boundary Policy
(7) May 3, 2018 message to School Board members: “The One Fairfax policy, adopted by both the School Board and the Board of Supervisors, emphasizes the importance of making County-wide decisions through the lens of racial and social equity. There is perhaps no decision with the potential for impact on equity within FCPS than boundary adjustments [sic]....I am suspending making any administrative boundary recommendations for the 18/19 school year until we can engage together in a dialogue regarding potential revisions to Policy and Regulation 8130 that better align boundary decision making to our One Fairfax policy.” - May 3, 2018 - Dr. Brabrand sends a message to several school board members regarding his follow up with Rolling Valley parents (item 280 in the FCPS School Board Work Session, page 171). Also, see #3 above.
(8) View the Draft “redlined” Policy 8130.8 or compare slides from the 3.11.19 work session (slide 9, current factors) and 7.22.19 work session (slide 6 proposed new factors).
(9) View full videotape of the 6/26/17, 10/15/18, 2/25/19, 3/11/19, and 7/22/19 work sessions here.
February 25, 2019 Work Session:
(10) June 26, 2018 School Board Work Session (videotape) -
(11) Next Steps document from the 7.22.19 meeting. (See pages 3-4).