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FCCPTA Survey: FCPS 2018-2019 School Calendar

Looking for ways to share your opinion on the proposed school calendar options for next year?

  • The FCCPTA's (Fairfax County Council PTA) easy, online survey is open until Friday, December 1. The results will be presented to the FCPS school board before a decision is made on December 14.
  • You can reserve a speaking slot for the School Board regular meetings on December 7 or December 14 (both start at 7 p.m.). Learn more.
  • Contact our school board members (Dranvesville District: Jane Strauss, At-Large Members: Ryan McElveen, Karen Keys-Gamarra, and Ilryong Moon). Learn more.
  • Attend FCCPTA's Advocacy Day on 12/4 where you can meet school board members in person. Learn more.

FCCPTA Advocacy Day - Monday, December, 4, 2017

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church VA, 22042. Free Parking and event access through the underground parking garage on the side of the building.

The Fairfax County Council of PTAs invites PTA members to meet and build relationships with your local elected officials on the Fairfax County School Board and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Learn about the Fairfax County budget process, your local elected officials' education priorities, and engage with your local elected officials in county district breakout sessions. Learn more and register


6-6:30 Registration & Welcome Reception

6:30-6:45 Welcome Remarks - Importance of Advocacy and Family Engagement

6:50-7:20 Fairfax County Budget Primer - Moderated Panel Discussion

7:25-7:55 Education as a Priority for Fairfax County - Moderated Panel Discussion

8:00 - 8:30 Education Priorities: Now and Beyond - Moderated Panel Discussion

8:30 - 9:00 Fairfax County District Breakout Sessions - What is Happening at Local Schools?

FCCPTA Budget Ideas Form

FCCPTA (Fairfax County Council PTA) seeks your input on its budget ideas form on what should be the priorities for Fairfax County Public Schools. Let us know so FCCPTA can inform your local elected officials.


We would like to thank all of the CRS Students, Families and Staff who participated in the fight to increase funding for FCPS. But this was just the first step. The schools need to continue efforts to reduce class sizes throughout all grades, and we need to continue investing in our school staff to regain our competitiveness in the region.


We also heard from many of you that we need a longer term plan.  That you do not want to fight for every dollar for our schools, year after year. We also know that many of us are concerned about increases in property taxes to meet the needs of FCPS.



Thank the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for making school funding a top priority and urge them to continue to invest in our school system. FCPS is primarily funded by Fairfax County (71.2 percent), with contributions from Virginia (22.9 percent), other sources (4.3 percent) and the federal government (1.6 percent). More than 85 percent of the FCPS budget goes toward instruction. FCPS is the second largest local economic driver for Fairfax County behind the federal government with a local impact of $2.2 billion.


The Fairfax County School Board is charged with setting general school policy and establishing guidelines that will ensure the proper administration of FCPS program. Share your thoughts on priorities for school funding and other school matters with our delegates. You can also speak at a board meeting - sign up here. Interested in what's being discussed at school board meetings? You can access meeting minutes and videos here.


There are opportunities that can fit into any schedule, such as volunteering to hand out materials at a school event, responding to action alerts, or attending monthly meetings.




Churchill Teachers Speak Out: Letter to the Editor 

Q: I’m always hearing that people are applying for teaching jobs at FCPS, so it shouldn’t matter if some teachers leave for better paying school districts. Why is that such a big concern?

A: It is true that FCPS receives many resumes each year from applicants interested in teaching positions. But, that does not mean that all—or even most—of them meet FCPS’ standards. Additionally, employee turnover comes at a price. It costs more to attract and hire new employees than it does to keep the ones already on staff. FCPS’ employees are what make this school system so great. Offering competitive salaries and benefits is critical to keeping outstanding employees.

Reprinted from February 6, 2015 Rumor Busters, The Bottom Line