. . . If education is a top priority, why are schools only receiving 26% of the additional revenue, while the county is keeping the remaining 74%? We demand a fair allocation of funds. FULLY FUND FCPS!
FCCPTA continues to work with other education stakeholders in our county. We are working with a group that is identified only by having a common interest and a name of Fully Fund Fairfax. FCCPTA and Fully Fund Fairfax encourages our members to contact their Supervisor and ask this question...If education is a top priority, why are schools only receiving 26% of the additional revenue, while the county is keeping the remaining 74%? Let them know we demand a fair allocation of funds. FULLY FUND FCPS! Use this link to identify local Fairfax elected officials. http://www.fccpta.org/TakeAction
Our education stakeholder partners share a common goal, to Fully Fund FCPS!
Fully Fund Fairfax is committed to helping Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) obtain the funding it needs to ensure all students receive a world-class education.
FCPS has spent the last five years making cuts to "weather the recession" and now requires relief from the austerity budgets that threaten to dismantle one of the finest public education systems in the country. For example:
- Teacher pay in Fairfax is not competitive with surrounding districts.
- The list of unfunded and/or underfunded programs, especially those for disadvantaged students, is long and growing.
- Current class sizes are already too large in many schools.
Without a significant investment of funds from Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County is in danger of losing the main driver, our economic development and the key to our future.
More information to include a prepared letter to send to Board of Supervisors can be found at: sites.google.com/site/fullyfundfcps/
PTAs Can Advocate! We do need to be careful to protect our 501(c)(3) categorization. What that means is that a PTA cannot campaign for an individual political candidate or political party. PTAs cannot donate funds for those campaign purposes. However, YOU can advocate for children, schools, and education more generally. The National PTA was created as an "advocacy" organization to be the voice for all children. www.pta.org PTA members can "advocate" for a policy issue. Examples are: Support of school funding! Reduce class size! Support teacher staff compensation! Healthy Lifestyles for students, and Later School Start Times! If you see our national PTA, state PTA, and FCCPTA websites (all accessible from www.fccpta.org) -- you will notice all the approved resolutions, policy statements, and policy positions, all of which we can legally "advocate" for, as can our local PTA units in Fairfax. It is important to note, that If PTAs don't advocate for the issues, who will?
Please take time to continue reading this newsletter for important information including next steps, timelines and contact information. I can not express strongly enough the need for you to share this information with your membership. Additional information is included in this newsletter and also on our website at www.fccpta.org. We also share information on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/FairfaxCountyCouncilPTA.
Please direct your email questions to: David Edelman, Budget Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pam Kondé. Vice President of Advocacy, email@example.com, or Ramona Morrow, President, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continue to share FCCPTA information with your membership, neighbors, family, friends, and co-workers. Encourage them to sign on to receive our updates. By standing and working together we can make a difference and accomplish our goals.