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We Deserve Better

PASS Parents and Friends: (Dan here. I know I’ve been writing a lot and should give someone else a turn, but this is a post that should come from me.)Thursday night at the county building, there was scheduled a joint SB-BOS work session for Dr. Johnston to

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The importance of Pre-K

It seems lately that there has been some budgetary scrutiny focused on our schools’ pre-kindergarten education, or pre-K. Some people seem to believe it’s just government-sponsored day care; others confuse it with Head Start (which is a federal program). In reality, our pre-K program is an essential

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Special Education: More than a good IDEA

PASS Parents and Friends: One of the least-understood areas of education policy is Special Education — education for children with special needs. Federal law (not to mention human decency) requires that U.S. public schools take steps —some of them very expensive — to ensure that these children

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Survey results

PASS Parents and Friends: I hope you enjoyed our multi-day response to the Free Press article, or at least found it informative, but today we switch to a happier topic. You may recall that I did a post on January 13th asking you to consider filling out

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Compared to Rockingham…

Hi PASS friends! We are continuing with our multi-day effort to respond to the recent article in the Free Press. In that article, the Free Press compared Shenandoah County’s educational efforts with those of Rockingham County. In general, I think this is a good idea — Rockingham

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Principals and Administration

Hello PASS Community, (Brandy Here) I would like to take this time to respond to the unfavorable reference regarding administrators pay that was featured in the Free Press article last week about education funding in Shenandoah County. The statement “administrators, some of whom make over $100,000 per

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The Free Press Part 3: About Teachers and Children

PASS Parents and Friends: I think most of you saw Dan’s post on Thursday about the piece on education in the Free Press, and how we were going to do a post each day responding to a piece of it. As some of you know, I taught

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The Free Press Part 2: Where School Funding Comes From

Hey, Folks~ As Dan pointed out yesterday there was an article in the FP with a lot of numbers and figures about SCPS. Some of those figures were correct but misleading, some flatly wrong, and some missing context. For example the article stated that 60% of the

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The Free Press…again

PASS Parents and Friends: There is an article on education in today’s Free Press — and “article” is a gentle term — “advocacy piece” is more accurate, and “hit job” still more so — that is exactly what PASS was created for. In a perverse way, the

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Maintaining our schools

PASS Parents and Friends: Regular readers of this page are familiar with the charts we post comparing what SCPS spends per-pupil to what other counties spend. (Spoiler for anyone who missed those charts — we don’t compare very well.) Those charts deal with our operations budget, about

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