Balance the budget evenly - not on the backs of impoverished and immigrants
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For Fiscal Year 2018, the Fairfax County School Board has a budget shortfall of $46.7 million dollars. The school board has been working to reduce this shortfall by proposing a number of budget cutting measures or measures that increase revenue via fees.
One of these proposals - increasing the elementary school class size floor from 17 to 18 - targets 8 elementary schools that have large majorities of students as immigrant english learners and in poverty and receiving free and reduced lunches (FRM). The schools impacted, and the number of teacher positions they would loose, are:
- Bailey's Elementary, 66.5% FRM, 1.2 Teachers
- Bailey's Upper Elementary, 70.9% FRM, 1.2 Teachers
- Glen Forest Elementary, 72.0% FRM, 1.2 Teachers
- Sleepy Hollow Elementary, 61.5% FRM, 1.2 Teachers
- Weyanoke Elementary, 75.8% FRM, 1.2 Teachers
- Hybla Valley Elementary, 87% FRM, 2.4 Teachers
- Lynbrook Elementary, 77.4% FRM, 2.2 Teachers
- Dogwood Elementary, 73.9% FRM, 1.2 Teachers
This is a regressive proposal that aims to balance the budget on the backs of the neediest students in Fairfax County, and flies directly in the face of the school board's joint resolutions with the board of supervisors, including the One Fairfax resolution from July 2016 that promotes racial and social equality, as well as the Welcoming Diversity and Inclusion resolution from April 2017.
We petition the school board to re-commit to supporting the values expressed in the One Fairfax resolution and the Welcoming Diversity and Inclusion statement by eliminating the elementary school class size floor change from the budget proposal and finding alternate, more equitable means to balance the budget.
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