activism, community

Dear School Board: You’re Getting The Transgender Thing Right

Dear Fairfax County School Board,

Please don’t stop.  You’re getting this one right.  When you decided in May 2015 to add “gender identity” to the non-discrimination policy, you took a step that will put our schools on the right side of history.  You’ve been facing some pretty loud resistance to the decision, and I want to tell you that those voices are not the only ones out here.  Also here are parents who are thankful that our kids go to schools that recognize the dignity and worth of all people. Continue reading “Dear School Board: You’re Getting The Transgender Thing Right”

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Happy 100 Days: 73

Today, Fairfax County Public Schools (with a little help from a corporate sponsor) hosted an Education Summit for members of the community. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ronald Ferguson, an economist and educational policy scholar from Harvard. He works on issues of equity and achievement in schools, and has come to understand the important role parenting, particularly early parenting, plays in school success.
 
His most recent book is Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap. Society as a whole rises or falls on the opportunities for our kids, whether we have kids or not. Wherever we are in our community or in the arc of our lives, all of us a part to play in shaping the future for our kids.
 
Check him out. Get inspired. Get to work!