Parents+Teachers+School Board=Successful Students

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Since I announced my candidacy for school board a couple months ago, I have been hard at work going door-to-door talking with parents and taxpayers about public education in Loudoun County. It has been a great learning experience to hear what issues are important to them.

There are the perennial problems with growing class sizes, quality teachers, budget concerns, and the need for more facilities to accommodate students in the future. And, there are many issues new to me, such as transfer credits, participation in sports for home-schooled students, curriculum standards, inclement weather closings, quality of school lunches and the use of technology in the classroom.

A common sentiment expressed by many people is that the school board is not hearing their concerns. This should not be the case. It is the job of the school board to actively bring together parents, constituents, teachers and the administration to find creative solutions to all of our public education issues.

As a member of the school board, I intend to reach out to parents and taxpayers on a regular basis for input on every issue possible. The public should be given the opportunity to be involved and have an impact on the result. Many of the educational concerns can be resolved through a cooperative effort by all the interested parties.

Leadership is not defined by knowing what the answers are, but rather by understanding how to bring people together to work collaboratively toward the core mission of providing students with an excellent education. Loudoun County Public Schools need leaders who can develop solutions with all stakeholders and take action to implement the solutions.

Debbie Rose

Potomac Falls

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