In light of her opponent’s decision to create baseless fear and spread harmful misinformation about school boundaries, Megan wants to set the record straight: 

The School Board is not engaging in countywide redistricting or “forced busing”. FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand makes it very clear in this video link and reinforces FCPS’ commitment to neighborhood schools.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2gs4kR-hAU&feature=youtu.be 

What is true is that the School Board exercised its responsible role for oversight by setting aside the Superintendent’s draft changes to the exisiting boundary policy at the July 22nd work session, and directing him to hire an expert who can help identify national best practices and ensure robust community engagement. Boundary changes will continue to focus on reducing school overcrowding and the use of trailers, as well as prepare for the anticipated residential/commercial growth in certain parts of our large county (Tysons Corner/Rt. 1 corridor).

What is also true is that Megan consistently champions the importance of neighborhood schools, stable boundaries, shorter bus rides for students, and robust community engagment.  Thus, Megan believes boundary changes should continue to focus on alleviating overcrowding and reducing the use of trailers.

Here are videos from School Board work sessions that highlight Megan’s firm convictions expressed during the board’s review of FCPS’ current boundary policy. 

March 11, 2019 Work Session

VIDEO #1 - COMMITMENT TO MINIMIZE BOUNDARY CHANGES

https://www.facebook.com/megan4schools/videos/574050896706797/

When considering boundary issues, Megan believes the “psycho, social, emotional impact of boundary changes [on students] is so important   I am thankful to live in a county… that we try to minimize disruption to our communities…because we know the psycho, social, emotional impact on communities”

VIDEO #2 – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IS PARAMOUNT TO BOUNDARY POLICY REVIEW

https://www.facebook.com/megan4schools/videos/387145568834644/

Megan believes “boundary changes are without question” an issue for which we need to have “a county-wide conversation with our Board of Supervisors…boundaries are one of the key constituency issues on which we need to engage the community”

February 25, 2019 Work Session

VIDEO #1- PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH BOUNDARY CHANGE

https://www.facebook.com/megan4schools/videos/979774222384822/

Megan personally experienced a boundary change as an elementary school student and “don’t let anyone tell you [boundary change] doesn’t affect kids.  It was a really difficult two years for me and it has stuck with me to this day...psychologically how it is affects kids is real… We could bring in any psychology expert who will tell us don’t ever underestimate what it does when you change boundaries.”

VIDEO #2 - BOUNDARY STABILITY IS AN IMPORTANT VALUE

https://www.facebook.com/megan4schools/videos/2416825035253476/

From personal experience Megan knows “any time we talk about boundaries we want to ensure [for] our community that we also understand that stability in communities is also an important value”

October 15, 2018 Work Session

VIDEO #1 - FAMILIES WANT BOUNDARY STABILITY

 https://www.facebook.com/megan4schools/videos/522721581883364/

Megan believes:

  • “instability and frequent changing of schools is harmful”
  • “we have to be mindful no child benefits and this county does not benefit with kids being on long bus rides” and
  • “families want the stability”

VIDEO #2 - COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL

https://www.facebook.com/megan4schools/videos/403990130294631/

Megan believes School Board members are “elected to represent our constituency of over a million people in this county and I do not think any of the twelve of us would want to get out in front of our community without their voices being heard”