worst of the worst Wrote:
> Kathy Smith lives in Poplar Tree Estates. In
> 2011, as the representative of the Sully District
> of the FC School Board, she pushed through a
> redistricting plan with no public debate. She
> offered two versions of the proposal, but on the
> night of the vote, she offered a third proposal
> that no one had seen. That's the one she wanted
> passed and that's the one the rest of the commies
> on the board rubber stamped. Smith's proposal
> moved lower income neighborhoods from Poplar Tree
> Elementary (who neighborhood school) to 3 other
> schools. So, 4 elementary schools were affected.
> Let's look at the results shall we:
> In 2010:
> - Poplar Tree Elementary was ranked as the 429th
> best school in Virginia and had a 3 star rating.
> - Virginia Run Elementary was ranked 84th and had
> a 5 star rating.
> - Cub Run Elementary was ranked 425th and had a 3
> - Bull Run Elementary was ranked 488th and had a 2
> In 2018:
> - Poplar Tree Elementary is ranked as the 18th
> best school in Virginia and had a 5 star rating.
> - Virginia Run Elementary is ranked 832nd and had
> a 1 star rating.
> - Cub Run Elementary was ranked 430th and had a 2
> - Bull Run Elementary is ranked 663rd and had a 1
> Every school that was affected by this
> redistricting has lost ground except one. Kathy
> Smith's own school. It is now considered one of
> the top 20 schools in the state and has 85% white
> and asian students.
> Virginia Run has fallen to a 1 star rating and
> gone from 88% white and asian to 39% white and
> asian, all due to the redistricing. It now has
> more students on the free lunch program than any
> of the other schools affected.
> Both Cub Run and Bull Run were also affected by
> changes in the demographic and socioeconomic
> makeup of their student populations, but to a
> lesser extent than Virginia Run, which has seen
> property values lag behind the rest of the
> neighborhoods in Centreville & Chantilly.
> If you live in Poplar Tree Estates, I can see why
> you would support Smith. But if you live in
> Virginia Run, Sully Park, or anyplace other than
> Poplar Tree, you're an idiot to vote for her. She
> has killed your community school to benefit
> herself and her neighborhood.
"Pocket of Excellence" eliminated. That is the stated plan of FCPS.
promote a more equal distribution of resources to eliminate “pockets of excellence,” said one schools official who had been briefed on the plan.