We must invest in our children, our schools and our future by keeping our public schools world class. We must improve teacher pay, reduce class size, close achievement gaps, emphasize higher-level thinking, literacy and communication skills, promote healthy life choices and maintain our rigorous programs for ALL students in the STEM fields, the arts, humanities and athletics. With the challenges facing the next generation—from global instability and an integrated global economy to climate change and energy sustainability—our children’s education is more important than ever.

When you vote for Janie Strauss for Dranesville District School Board, vote to re-elect at-large School Board Members Ilryong Moon, Ted Velkoff and Ryan McElveen


Goals


Improve teacher pay to keep quality in our classrooms

Reduce class size


Prepare ALL children for life and work in our high-tech global economy

Preserve the well-rounded rigorous school programs that make "Fairfax" Fairfax -- STEM, the arts, humanities, Career and Technical Education (CTE), world languages and athletics


Help our children make healthy and balanced life choices - "laugh more, stress less"

Budget strategically for maximum efficiency and effectiveness

Reduce the emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests

Janie gets results: Fairfax schools continue to be rated among the best in the US

  • Reduced overcrowded elementary classes in middle income schools while maintaining critical resources in our neediest classrooms
  • Implemented later high school start times
  • Increased industry certifications earned by our students
  • Increased the FCPS on-time graduation rate
  • Increased learning time for elementary students(full day Mondays and full day kindergarten)
  • Developed a new strategic plan that defines the pathway for 21st century learning for ALL STUDENTS
  • Made dramatic changes in the student behavior code (SR&R)
  • Completed an external audit of FCPS business practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness
  • Increased the School Board's capacity to perform audits and performance evaluations
  • Improved our schools' environmental sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Started renovations at Haycock, Langley, Forestville, Thomas Jefferson and Herndon High School, and planning for renovations at Cooper and Clearview

In 2015, The Washington Post endorsed Janie:

Dranesville member Jane K. Strauss has been an invaluable member of the board for more than 20 years, with a clear understanding that changing county demographics require new approaches.
 

The Washington Post said Janie has:

Incomparable knowledge of the system and its needs
a steady hand during difficult budget times
shown a sensitivity and commitment to the needs of all students
The Post endorsement in the last campaign 10/22/11

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Results That Matter

Fairfax County Public Schools are and will remain a national leader in the educational field. My record as Dranesville’s representative shows that I know how to keep the focus on the classroom and how to fight for our students.

I need your vote at this critical time. Today’s students need more. It’s not enough to keep our schools among the best in the nation. We must prepare our children for life in a competitive global environment. Communication is instant and the only constant is change. Success is no longer defined by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know. Our students need a School Board that stands behind them and empowers them through technology and innovation. Our students can’t wait; they need tomorrow’s classrooms today.

I have always championed our students’ needs and know how to deliver.

We have great schools in Fairfax, but to stay world class they must move forward. I will make that happen.

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Updates

Here is some great news on class size and renovations at Langley and Herndon high schools:

This year funding has been added for more teacher positions in order to decrease elementary class sizes in middle-income schools. McLean and Great Falls schools have smaller class sizes this year as a result. It is a great first step, but more needs to be done. Next is to reduce class sizes in our middle and high schools. This is one of my budget priorities. During the recession, class sizes were increased because of budget shortfalls. This now must be reversed.

High school science labs will soon be reconfigured and expanded as part of Langley and Herndon high school renovations. This is especially critical at Langley. When Langley was built in 1964, it had the smallest square foot per student as any high school in the county. Some years ago a new classroom wing was added to Langley, which helped some. The current round of renovations will do much more--moving walls and adding new classrooms. All the classrooms and labs will be larger, not for larger class sizes, but to accommodate average class sizes of 20 to 29.

Class size and the physical size of class rooms are important and a top priority!

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