Why School Board Elections Matter This Year (A Lot)

Whether or not you have children enrolled in Loudoun County Public Schools, the upcoming general election is an important one. At least six of the nine seated School Board members will be new since six current board members, myself included, are not running for re-election. It takes five votes to pass any legislation, policies or other action items so the new School Board will likely have a tremendous impact on the future of public education in our county. The quality of our schools attracts not only homeowners but businesses like Amazon and Google.

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A Call for Collaborators in Education

A few years back, I learned of an incident at a private school in McLean where a teen student who identifies as white shared a picture on a group chat headlined “Black Lives Matter” Olympics. The events depicted in the image showed individuals engaged in criminal activities and an obvious smear of the social justice movement. Another student, who identifies as black, on the same chat thankfully, spoke out and acknowledged that he found both the picture and sender to be “racist or, at minimum, of a racist nature.”

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McNerney: Getting into College—The Myths

I have taken a very close look at one of the biggest anxiety producers for parents these days: Getting our kids into college. In my research, I have found some truths, some myths, and some different ways of looking at this issue that might decrease our own worries and increase the likelihood of success for our kids. In this column I am going to focus on the myth that it is harder than ever to get into college.

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