Below are important links for PTA members to bookmark and monitor:
LOCAL BUDGET AND BUDGET PROCESS
Budget and the Budget Process – Fairfax County Public Schools – Find out about the FY2019 budget and the budget process which begins when FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand releases his proposed FY2019 budget in January 2018.
Budget and Budget Process – Fairfax County – Find out about the FY2019 budget and the budget process which begins when the county executive proposes the FY2019 countywide budget, which includes the FCPS education budget, in February 2018. It important to note that the Board of Supervisors has the “power of the purse” over FCPS and NOT the School Board, which cannot raise revenue.
Want to learn more about the budget process for both Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools? Check out these cool, short videos!
FAIRFAX COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND ELECTED OFFICIALS
***Here is a short video by Sharon Bulova, Chairman (at-large), Board of Supervisors concerning your Fairfax County government. Do you know the Fairfax County district that you live in? Find out using the My Neighborhood feature.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors – Consist of 10 elected members. Two (2) elected members represent each county resident (chairman at-large and the district supervisor). It is important to note that only the Board of Supervisors have the “power of the purse”.
Fairfax County School Board – Consist of 12 elected members and a student representative. Four (4) elected members that represent each county resident (3 at-large members and the district member). It is important to note that the School Board cannot raise revenue.
- Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) – 10th largest school system in the nation with more than 189,000 students.
- National PTA Advocacy Page – contains Action Center where you can send messages to your U.S. Representatives and Senators, find out about federal legislation, PTA positions, and advocacy resources, including toolkits.
- Virginia PTA Advocacy Page – contains great information for PTA members across the Commonwealth of Virginia, including annual legislative programs decided upon by PTA members, legislative priorities, legislative positions, toolkits, and an action center for PTA members to communicate with their elected officials in the Virginia General Assembly.
- NOVA District PTA Page – contains great information for PTA members that live in Northern Virginia. NOVA District PTA serves Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax City, Fairfax County and Falls Church City PTAs and PTSAs
- Virginia General Assembly – The General Assembly is a bicameral body consisting of a lower house, the House of Delegates, with 100 members, and an upper house, the Senate, with 40 members. Combined together, the General Assembly consists of 140 elected representatives from an equal number of constituent districts across the Commonwealth.
- Virginia Governor
- Virginia Department of Education – The mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
- Virginia Board of Education – The Board of Education is the governing and policy-making body for the Virginia system of public elementary and secondary education. Its work touches all facets of education from accountability and evaluation to curriculum and teacher education.
- Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction – The superintendent of public instruction serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), which is the administrative agency for the commonwealth’s public schools. He also serves as secretary of the Board of Education.
- U.S. Congress – The United States Congress has 535 voting members: 435 Representatives and 100 Senators.
- U.S. Department of Education – Its mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access as well as
- Establish policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds;
- Collect data on America’s schools and disseminating research;
- Focusing national attention on key educational issues; and
- Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.