May 14th, 2015
Voting begins tonight in the Arlington Dems 2015 School Board Caucus, a firehouse primary open to all Arlington Democrats.
ACDC’s two School Board Caucuses will be held:
Thursday, May 14, 7pm-9pm at Drew Model School
Saturday, May 16, 11am-7pm at Washington Lee HS
Click here to read ACDC’s Rules for the 2015 School Board Endorsement.
The candidates, in ballot order, are listed below with links to their websites, social media, and their campaign statements.
My name is Reid Goldstein. I am running for Arlington School Board to bring 20 years of leadership and community experience in Arlington County to the challenges facing our expanding school system. My long history of active participation in school and County activities is directly relevant to the challenge of ensuring that APS maintains its high standards in the future.
As the son of two teachers and the father of two APS graduates, I pledge to use everything I have learned from 20 years of activism to provide collaborative leadership worthy of Arlington’s students, parents, educators and all our residents.
Through years of deep commitment to community service, I have learned the operations and know the elected and community leaders of both our schools and the county government — not just to “work the system,” but to improve how our government and schools work.
- I served on the APS Advisory Council on Instruction, Superintendent’s Strategic Planning Committee and the County Council of PTAs in collaborative and leadership roles, nurturing students’ growth while challenging them for greater achievement.
- As president of the HB Woodlawn Parent Advisory Committee, I promoted parent involvement through continuous flow of relevant information to parents and feedback to school officials, including reviving the county-wide APS Family Network.
- As a member of the Exemplary Project committee that recommended adoption of the International Baccalaureate program at Jefferson Middle School, I saw close-up how challenging academic programs transform schools, spark the passion for learning, and raise achievement for all.
- My work for Arlington Schools was recognized by APS’ Most Honored Citizen award in 2011.
- As a civic association president and member of the Housing Commission, Affordable Housing Task Force, CPRO board, NCAC and Columbia Pike Land Use and Housing Working Group, I have advocated for our neighborhoods for over 20 years, promoting the values of inclusion, sustainability and quality of life that we Arlington Democrats share.
I have the experience to lead the transition to a new era for Arlington schools, welcoming new students and families while maintaining Arlington’s signature feature: high quality schools!
- APS is challenged by dramatic enrollment growth, and must compete with County priorities for land and funding. I have the experience to help the School Board and County Board to act jointly, rather than in parallel.
- While we build more classrooms, we cannot lose focus on what goes on inside them. I will maintain the high academic standards and performance that the community expects.
- I will maintain competitive teacher compensation. I will not balance budgets on the backs of our skilled and dedicated teachers and staff.
- I will provide the resources to secure an exceptional future: close the achievement gap, promote STEM, advance foreign language instruction including FLES, support early childhood education, and realize effective integration of technology.
My website is www.ReidGoldstein.com. I am asking for your vote at the ACDC endorsement caucus, May 14 and 16. Thank you in advance for your support!
I’m Sharon Dorsey and I’m running for School Board because I believe every child in Arlington deserves a chance to succeed. I don’t need to tell you that, here in Arlington, we’re at a crossroads on many issues and there’s a lot of work to be done in our schools and for our children.
In the next few years, School Board members are going to be grappling with the issues of overcrowding in our classrooms and tight budgets constraints. We need a leader on the Board who doesn’t shy away from difficult decisions, who can build consensus, and bring new ideas to the table and find solutions that work for all of Arlington’s children. I promise to be that candidate.
I’ve lived in Arlington for 32 years. I know firsthand how great Arlington’s schools are. My two children, Samantha and Jack, both attended Arlington Public Schools and are now settling into the community so their kids can grow up in our schools.
I’m a former teacher and today I’m still teaching reading and writing through the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. I have 30 years of business experience that I will bring with me to help manage our budget and fiscally stay on track.
Arlington’s schools are great, but we can do better.
We need to bring schools and the community together to deal with overcrowding and establish a sustainable plan for growth that puts education first and works for students, parents and the entire Arlington Community.
We need to make sure tax dollars are spent efficiently and wisely on programs that focus on classroom learning. The vast majority of our taxpayers don’t have children in our schools. We need to be proactive communicators and always be accountable for each dollar invested.
We need to keep class sizes so every student can get personalized, quality education and we need to give teachers the support, training and tools they need so our students have a quality learning environment.
We need to strengthen STEM programs by investing in science and technology along with art, music and writing programs. We need more hands-on learning opportunities in and out of the classroom so our kids can gain real world skills beyond textbook learning.
I promise to roll up my sleeves and tackle the hard decisions head on so every child in Arlington’s schools can get the very best education we can offer.
I would be honored to have your support on May 14 and 16. Together, we can create better schools for all of Arlington’s kids. For more information, please visit www.SharonDorsey.org.