PRESS RELEASE: Strauss Wins Great Falls Debate



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OCTOBER 26, 2011

In this week’s Great Falls School Board debate, incumbent Janie Strauss came away the clear victor.  Toting 18 years of experience on the Fairfax County School Board, Janie’s proven record of leadership won her the support of debate attendees.  Besty Campbell, a Great Falls mom commented on Janie Strauss’s victory: “At the Great Falls debate, it became clear that Janie has forged strong partnerships with the Board of Supervisors.  This is critical in securing the funding necessary for our classrooms.  She has a vision for the future that her opponent lacks.  We’ve been through tough budget times and you need to look at how she has handled those decisions.  Experience mattered then just as it matters now.  I want to keep Janie hard at work for our schools.  Negativity and steam-rolling does not have a role in our School Board, but diplomatic consensus-building does and Janie fits the bill.”

Parents in Great Falls are grateful for Janie’s hard work and years of service.  For the past 18 years, she has prevented changes to the Langley High School boundaries and successfully fought off all attempts to move current neighborhoods out of Langley.  Langley parents know that Strauss listens to their concerns — Janie supports the parent initiative to turf the Langley stadium field and.  Due to Janie’s leadership, the county has opened the beautiful new Colvin Run Elementary School, completed the addition and renovation of Great Falls Elementary and accelerated the renovations for Langley and Forestville.

According to the recent Washington Post endorsement “Not only has she proven, as the board’s current chair, to be a steady hand during difficult budget times, but she’s shown a sensitivity and commitment to the needs of all students.”   Voters agree and support Janie because she is responsive to parents’ concerns. She has heard parents express their concern about class size and she vows to make class size reduction a priority for the FY 2013 budget.  Strauss strongly supports Immersion, FLES, and bringing foreign language instruction to all elementary children including those at Great Falls not in the Immersion program.  Janie Supports the creation of more high school honors while maintaining AP and IB courses.

Janie Strauss is a true fiscal steward and has worked hard to prevented cuts to fine arts and AAP center programs during the Great Recession.  She fought to keep middle school honors courses open to all students wishing to take on the challenge.  Under her leadership, FCPS has cut central offices’ budget to a ten year low to redirect resources to the classroom.

She knows how to deliver results.  She was a true advocate for kindergarteners and successfully brought full day kindergarten to all Dranesville schools.  She promised to end the teacher pay freeze and successfully won a salary increase for FCPS teachers.

Great Falls residents Michael & Janet McCarty endorse Janie Strauss because of her steadfast leadership:  “We have no doubt that Ms. Strauss was instrumental in resolving the teacher staffing situation that threatened to transfer a popular teacher and diminish a flagship program from our school. The process was challenging, but through parent perseverance, Ms. Strauss’s support, and the principal’s recognition of a valued program, the community retained a wonderful program.  The best interests of the children truly prevailed thanks to Janie Strauss.”



Janie Strauss for School Board