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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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Sunday, August 28, 2011

FCPS Parent Resource Center
Upcoming events at the FCPS Parent Resource Center.
28 aug 11 @ 12:05 am          Comments

Our Kids Are Losing Creativity
Have standardized tests hurt creativity?  A researcher at William & Mary thinks so.   http://bigthink.com/ideas/39727
27 aug 11 @ 6:06 pm          Comments

Thursday, August 25, 2011

UVA Research On Preschool Classroom Strategies
Important classroom research out of UVA on implementing reading readiness strategies in preschool.
25 aug 11 @ 1:21 pm          Comments

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Back to School Calendar! 21 aug 11 @ 11:26 am          Comments

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Virginia Schools Struggle to Meet Federal Benchmarks

97% of Virginia school systems, including Fairfax County, failed to meet annual benchmarks under the federal No Child Left Behind law this year. As Congress drags its feet on amending the law, the US Dept. of Ed. is offering states waivers from compliance, in exchange for reforms to be announced next month. Virginia plans to request a waiver. It remains to be seen whether the reforms required in exchange will be acceptable to Virginians. Top-down policy prescriptions got us into this mess.


18 aug 11 @ 3:26 am          Comments

Saturday, August 6, 2011

"Rigor Redefined": The 7 Survival Skills We Should Be Teaching
Tony Wagner, Harvard professor and author of several books on education policy, reports in his research into the critical skills employers are looking for.  More important than content mastery are communication, collaboration, analytical and leadership skills.  
6 aug 11 @ 12:19 pm          Comments

Friday, August 5, 2011

FCPS 2011-2012 by the Numbers 5 aug 11 @ 11:59 pm          Comments

Friday, August 5, 2011

Kids R First and Hughes Middle Team Up for School Supplies

Langston Hughes MS in Reston is the staging center for Kids R First's massive school supplies drive.  Stop by over the next two weeks and help out!


5 aug 11 @ 12:43 am          Comments

U.S. Dept's of Education and Justice Collaborate on School Discipline


Joint Education/Justice Department project aims to build consensus among federal, state and local education and justice stakeholders to ensure that school discipline policies and practices comply with civil rights laws and to promote positive disciplinary options that keep kids in school and improve the climate for learning. 

5 aug 11 @ 12:19 am          Comments

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Future of FCPS

If FCPS is to stay at the cutting edge of excellence in public education, we have to have this conversation. It will be very important to get classroom teachers, students and parents to the table as well.


3 aug 11 @ 7:31 pm          Comments

On the Campaign Trail
Great conversation this evening with a mom on my route about the pressure our students are under to take college-level courses in high school. How to challenge our students without burning them out is an important question for the next school board. Let me know what you think!
3 aug 11 @ 7:28 pm          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.