The School Board is the governing body of the Fairfax County School system. There are 12 members, elected by voters in Fairfax County to 4 year terms. The current board was elected in 2011 and began their service January 1, 2012. The School Board is responsible for setting the policies and priorities for the school system, including decided how to allocate $2.4 billion in county funds, which represents over half of the entire Fairfax County budget. Because school board members are elected, they are accountable to all of us. Use the links on the right to reach out to your school board members. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact them. Although many current members work outside of school board, they will try to find time to be responsive to their constituents.
Fairfax County Public School Demographics
The Fairfax County Public School System is one of the most socioeconomically, ethnically and racially diverse public schools systems in the United States. Despite the county’s affluence, over 25% of the students in FCPS qualify for free or reduced price meals. 14% of FCPS students are identified with a disability and receive services pursuant to IDEA.
FCPS is also a majority minority school system. Of the nearly 180,000 students in FCPS, 22% are Latino, 10% are African American, and 20% are Asian. There is also a significant percentage of students who self identify as multiracial. More than a third of our students come from homes where a language other than English is spoken.
The County’s extraordinary diversity translates into an extraordinarily diverse needs. It also translates into disturbing disparities in terms of academic achievement and discipline referrals. With your help, COTS hopes to help end these disparities by empowering parents to insist on better outcomes for their children. Better outcomes mean we can close the achievement and discipline gaps.
But we must speak up. Because the School Board does not reflect the diversity of the FCPS student body, COTS and other advocates must speak for the communities whose voices may not otherwise be heard.