Arlington Public Schools (APS) has a reputation for academic excellence but wasteful spending. For example, on a per-student basis Arlington County spends more than any other school district in the Commonwealth–$5,000 more per student than Fairfax County. Yet 80 percent of APS’ operating budget comes from local taxes, much more than neighboring school districts. So Arlington taxpayers are fronting the bill.
Weighing the need to deliver a quality education with the cost of providing it requires someone on the School Board with the interest of both our children and taxpayers at heart. If elected I pledge to:
- Promote the same high academic standards that have resulted in Arlington’s high on-time graduation rates and low drop out rates.
- Emphasize remedial education programs for disadvantaged and handicapped youth.
- Reduce APS’ bloated operating budget by reducing administrative overhead.
- Conserve APS’ capital spending budget and preserve green space by:
- building up not out with modular design;
- using historic preservation tax credits to renovate schools;
- installing renewable energy on public schools.