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Friday Morning Rundown

by Karen Goff April 15, 2016 at 9:00 am 6 Comments

April on Lake Thoreau

RA’s New Officer Slate — Reston Association’s Board of Directors elected new officers on Wednesday. The slate remains the same as it did in 2015: Ellen Graves, president; Michael Sanio, VP; Eve Thompson, Secretary; and Dannielle LaRosa, Treasurer.

“Our Town” Coming to Our Town — Reston Community Players will close out their 49th season with Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” which opens next week. [Reston Connection]

“Living Well’ This Weekend — The Living Well, Aging Well Summit is Saturday, April 16, at the Fairfax County Government Center. The event is free and is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The summit will feature a Technology Expo demonstrating exciting new technologies to make your life easier;
a Transportation and Mobility Expo showcasing options for getting where you want to go; a “Venture into Volunteering” Fair; health and wellness screenings, and more.

483 Offered Admission to ‘TJ’ — Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has offered admission to 483 students for the Class of 2020. About 71 percent of the students will come from Fairfax County. TJ received 2868 applications. [FCPS]

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Read’em and weep, taxpayers. Your tax dollars are going to pay for a top notch education at FCPS’ premier school for approx 140 kids who aren’t county residents.

    Put another way, those 140 kids are displacing children of Fairfax County who didn’t make the cut.

  • Restontimes

    I watched the last board meeting on YouTube and was disheartened. Watching the CEO continually educating the board on how to run a meeting, board members on their smartphones, and disruptive individuals with obvious agendas. The grandiose behavior demonstrated by Mr. Wedell was beyond belief, and watching the disruptive, childish behavior of Ms. Shannon shows she is clueless as to her duties as a member of the board.

  • hamster whisperer

    TJ is such a waste of tax payer dollars. Shut it down and let those families pay for private education or let their Tiger moms home school their kids. Gen Pop could use more nerds.

    • Mike M

      I have to agree. I hate to be cynical but you could probably attack this gold-plated nonsense with a band of diversity militants and succeed in shutting it down. TJ is anything but diverse, and pretty much everyone knows that. A long time ago an older Fairfax County dad told me the FCPS spends about 40% on the top ten, and 40% on the bottom 20%. His aim wasn’t precision but to point out that the Ed mafia has its own agenda and it’s really not about the kids. TJ is one of the many bad investments the FCPS makes to stay hip in the Ed community, and to obtain “ratings” established by the Ed hipsters. Mind you each school has it’s advanced programs as well. Certain elements of the student body are getting a fantastic deal! The rest? Not so much. So, they want even more money?

  • Ming the Merciless

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Way more than 70% of the students should come from Fairfax County if so many of our tax dollars are going to it. There are plenty of other FCPS schools that could use the funds and the attention.

    Also, the kids who go there should get in on scholarship (I’m talking academic skills, not financial need) and interest (enjoyment of school/studying/learning) and advanced thinking (out of the box solutions), not on ability to pass standardized tests because they’ve taken prep classes. If you have to take lots of after-school or weekend prep classes in order to get in, you shouldn’t be there.

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