Nominations Presented for Parent Advisory Group

The effort to create a new parent advisory board, dubbed the Loudoun Educational Alliance of Families, continues to advance with a slate of 57 candidates for membership presented to the School Board on Tuesday. 

The panel would provide the School Board with community feedback to ensure its decision making considers the best interests of students and the community. 

The first 57 representatives were nominated by school parent organizations—PTAs, PTOs and PTSOs. There are 40 more slots open, as the panel is proposed to include representatives from each of the division’s schools and educational centers.

The School Board is continuing to develop the charter and bylaws for the group, with adoption expected at the next meeting on May 24.

6 thoughts on “Nominations Presented for Parent Advisory Group

  • 2022-05-12 at 7:31 pm
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    LEAF is a very important committee. I can’t wait to see it up & running. For too long, LCPS has been plagued by allegations of insensitivity to parents. I don’t necessarily believe those allegations were accurate. But anything the school division can do to mollify concerns — I’m all for. Everyone wants the best for LCPS students. But sometimes we disagree on how to achieve that goal. Happy Foster Care Month Loudoun!

    • 2022-05-13 at 1:47 pm
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      “I don’t necessarily believe those allegations were accurate.”

      Have you been paying attention to anything outside of your personal bubble? Open your eyes, because your dream world isn’t anything close to reality. LCPS is the poster child for doing things without taking into account parental desires. They shut down public comment at meetings to avoid having to hear concerns. It’s why parents… some of whom vote Democrat, others who vote Republican… banded together to sign those recall petitions for the school board members. These parents want the same thing… a good education for their children and a school board and school system that actually pays attention to the parents’ concerns as well.

      And I hate to break it to you, but similar things are happening in many other school districts around the country… school boards are being replaced, parents are paying attention to what is being taught, and many parents do not like what they see.

  • 2022-05-14 at 3:40 pm
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    Another in a long list of “waste my Time” groups. Is there a single fight for school person on the list? Resume padding nonsense.

  • 2022-05-16 at 9:19 am
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    I am ready to throw my name on the ballot for School Board in this county.

    “Back to Basics” will be my campaign message with 3 core focuses if elected:

    1. Let our Educators Teach – For the last many years, the LCSB pat themselves on the back for creating new initiatives and applying new policies; many of which are to satisfy their own social causes beliefs as if they changed the world. In reality, they are just causing more burden and stress and workload on our schools and educators; the ones that were hired to teach our children. It’s time to scale back many of these policies and to let teachers teach and schools be schools.

    2. Support our Educators – Loudoun schools make up the majority of the county’s budget. Yet, we see that the school staff — not administration but SCHOOL staff – are woefully underpaid and understaffed. Many current staff are considering a change in careers to get out of this mess called the public school system. It’s time to change that. We need to make sure the county can attract the best and the brightest. That comes with showing our support the schools. Higher pay. More staff. Less policies and regulations. Let the teachers teach with imagination and creativity. Give them classroom support to ensure all students are getting a fair education. Finally, we need to change the culture so that teachers have authority; not the students. Too many stories I have heard where students talk back to teachers, cure them out, ignore them, etc. That needs to change.

    3. Stop coddling the students. It’s time to make sure our children our being taught the very basics — reading, writing, math, etc. — so that they are prepared for the real world. With the real world, there are consequences for not performing well, being lazy, or not caring. Our children need to learn that. So with that, we need to emphasize that if you don’t do the work, you will not pass the class. Enough with this “equity” justification for dumbing down how we evaluate the kids. Homework should matter. Tests should matter. No more do-over after do-over. If you fail a test, you don’t get a do-over. You can do more work/extra credit to try and improve it slightly, but otherwise, students need to study.

  • 2022-05-17 at 4:24 pm
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    Matthew, we need wholesale change but a few corrections.

    1. Teachers are overpaid. We have the lowest vacancy rate and the highest retention rate in the state. 6x as many applicants as openings. Ziegler put a hiring freeze during the year. That is why there were a few openings. LCPS should only pay what is needed, not rob taxpayers to overpay government workers.

    2. Let teachers teach and verify student knowledge with objective tests. If teachers don’t impart academic growth, let them go. It can be very simple with just a couple of factors on the evaluations.

    3. Use textbooks. Industry leaders create textbooks. Allowing every teacher to use whatever it is they drew up for that day is a recipe for disaster. If the teacher can use data to prove she gets outstanding results with her material, allow for exemptions. But otherwise, use proven methods contained in textbooks.

    4. Tie grades to external tests. If only 12% get Advanced pass on the SOL, them only 12% get an A. Same goes for AP tests (4 or 5 gets an A; 3 gets a B, 2or less gets a C or lower).

    This will fix the problems very quickly.

    • 2022-05-18 at 9:37 am
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      While I understand you believe teachers are overpaid, they are not. The administration and county leaders are overpaid. However, if you have seen what the environment is like inside those building, you would surely agree with me that teachers deserve more compensation for all of the chaos they have to endure thanks to the LCSB and Ziegler.

      – Classrooms overcrowded
      – Schools overcrowded
      – Disruptive students within classrooms that slows everyone else down
      – Students disrespecting authority
      – Students and Parents constantly needing this or that.
      – Parents expecting the schools and teachers there to essentially babysit their kids, but then get upset when something is done or not done.
      – LCSB and Administration continuously creating new policies that require more work and burden on those teachers to implement.
      – Teachers being worried about doing something slightly incorrect that could be perceived by the student, parent, or administration/LCSB as misconduct.

      While I agree that teachers should be evaluated themselves, so that we can get rid of the bad apples, most are very overwhelmed because let’s face it, the leaders have let public schools continuously crumble and have shifted more towards ensuring every student feels “safe” and supporting any liberal “social justice” cause versus just teaching.

      I rather pay more towards those who put in these hard work hours versus paying for more studies about how to make less than 1% of student population feel their feeling are being heard.

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