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F L A G S Presentation 2 24 10


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This presentation covers recent state & county budget developments as well as strategies of unified advocacy groups Fairfax FLAGS, FACE, Full-day K & CPES -- all interested in preserving the world-class quality of FCPS and its many valuable programs.

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F L A G S Presentation 2 24 10

  1. 1. Update & Strategy Meeting Feb. 24, 2010 CPES
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introductions: Sandy Knox </li></ul><ul><li>Unification Strategy: Tina Meek </li></ul><ul><li>Key Dates & Timelines: Sandy Knox </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Strategies: Sandy Knox & Tina Meek </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County, State, Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BOS Public Hearings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education Rallies: Mary Wagner </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps & Meetings: Sandy Knox & Tina Meek </li></ul><ul><li>Budget Info: Janie Strauss & Kristen Michael </li></ul><ul><li>Controversial Issues: Kristen Fennel </li></ul><ul><li>Budget Myths: Janie Strauss & Kristen Michael </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introductions <ul><li>Fairfax FLAGS: Foreign Language Advocacy for Grade Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sandy Knox & Tina Meek, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FACE: Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Wagner, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CPES: Concerned Parents of Elementary Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kristen Fennel, Susannah Frazier, Pam Konde [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full-day Kindergarten </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jennifer McClelland, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FCPS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Janie Strauss, School Board Member </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kristen Michael, FCPS Budget Office </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Unification Strategy <ul><li>Initial FLAGS Strategy: </li></ul><ul><li>To be effective we must go in as an 800-pound gorilla </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Strategy for </li></ul><ul><li>our advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>groups: </li></ul><ul><li>Unify FCPS </li></ul><ul><li>as much as </li></ul><ul><li>possible to </li></ul><ul><li>go in as a much </li></ul><ul><li>BIGGER gorilla! </li></ul>
  6. 6. County Executive Proposed Budget <ul><li>Proposes $3.3 billion budget for FY 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1.1% decrease from FY 2010 adopted budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1% decrease to FCPS county transfer ($16.3M) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>County deficit now $257.2M not $315.6M </li></ul><ul><li>$33 vehicle registration license fee = $27M </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended tax increase of 5 cents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From $1.04 to $1.09 (less than equalization) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommends no more than 8-cent increase to $1.12 for flexibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 cents is now equalization not 11 cents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every 1-cent increase generates $18.6M </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. County Executive Proposed Budget <ul><li>By recommending 8 cents as the maximum, that gives BOS ability to move around funding to reflect their priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging to convince BOS to advertise more than $1.12 (8 cent-increase) </li></ul><ul><li>March 9: BOS announces max. advertised tax rate. This cannot be increased! </li></ul>
  8. 9. Contact County Before March 9 <ul><li>Contact your supervisor & Chairman Bulova </li></ul><ul><li>Message prior to March 9 is… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generate enough revenue by ensuring maximum flexibility in advertised tax rate & approve vehicle registration license fee to account for critical uncertainties in state funding. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arguments include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State funding is highly unpredictable. Drastic shortfalls will result in draconian cuts to our schools & county, severely impacting world-class schools & quality of life. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top-notch schools & services attract residents & businesses to our county & impact property values, jobs & economy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding shortage will cause cuts in programs that are difficult/impossible to reinstate. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Contact County After March 9 <ul><li>Message after March 9 is… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt maximum advertised tax rate, support vehicle registration license fee & fully fund FCPS Advertised FY 2011 Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arguments include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses site quality schools as #1 reason for choosing Fairfax County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools are a major economic driver impacting jobs, property values, economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cuts or a level budget severely impact schools due to growth & requirement to serve all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voters want world-class schools to help maintain quality of life in this county </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Targeting Supervisors & Tracking <ul><li>Especially supervisors who campaigned on promises to make education a priority </li></ul><ul><li>Find out supervisor’s passion or special interest & tie it to education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letting them know how education impacts their cause (i.e. social services) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let them know every action has a reaction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help us track! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forward your emails or advocacy efforts to: [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Contact Your Community <ul><li>Use your networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get county-based businesses (i.e. Volkswagen, Hilton) to contact BOS or speak at public hearings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talk it up! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commit to “sponsor” at least 5 citizens to contact officials. Life is busy – keep reminding them to do it! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate others on the budget situation, potential education program cuts, impact on quality of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain impact of property tax increase on average homeowner = a couple of Starbucks drinks a month! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write letters to the editors </li></ul><ul><li>Distribute informational flyers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preschools, churches, neighbors, civic associations, professional organizations, bulletin boards, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. State Budget Unknown Until March 13 <ul><li>Cuts Imminent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gov. proposed $730M cuts to K-12 education & no tax increases </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uncertainties Abound </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House/Senate disagree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VRS funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meals tax authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOQ funding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LCI funded but cuts will impact gains </li></ul>? #*!?@
  13. 14. Contact State Officials <ul><li>“ To compete in this global economy every young Virginian must have the opportunity of a world-class education from pre-school to college.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Governor McDonnell, </li></ul><ul><li>Inaugural Address, Jan. 16, 2010 </li></ul>
  14. 15. Contact State Officials <ul><li>Contact Gov. McDonnell & state officials to hold them accountable for that statement! </li></ul><ul><li>Message is… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oppose proposed cuts to K-12 education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arguments include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Further cuts will start the downward spiral to the bottom & Virginians will not be competitive in our global economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality education attracts businesses, residents, jobs, tax revenue & is critical to the vitality of our state </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Contact State Officials <ul><li>Separate message… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow localities option to have a meals tax </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arguments include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Localities should have the ability to generate revenue & not be forced to rely on state funding, especially when it falls drastically short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This safeguard allows localities the ability to avoid detrimental cuts that could affect its quality of life & economy, which in turn impacts state revenue </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Key Dates & Decision Timeline <ul><li>Feb. 25: House & Senate vote on respective budgets </li></ul><ul><li>March 9: County BOS sets tax rate </li></ul><ul><li>March 13: Anticipated adoption of state budget by Gen. Assembly </li></ul><ul><li>April 6, 7 & 8: County BOS holds public hearings on budget </li></ul><ul><li>April 6: School Board presents budget to County BOS </li></ul><ul><li>April 20: BOS Budget Mark-up </li></ul><ul><li>April 21: General Assembly veto session </li></ul><ul><li>April 27: BOS sets tax rate, adopts budget, approves FCPS transfer </li></ul><ul><li>April 29: School Board conducts budget work session </li></ul><ul><li>May 6: School Board FY 2011 Approved Budget presented </li></ul><ul><li>May 10: School Board conducts budget work session </li></ul><ul><li>May 11 & 12: School Board holds public hearings on budget </li></ul><ul><li>May 13: School Board conducts budget work session </li></ul><ul><li>May 20: School Board adopts FY 2011 Approved Budget </li></ul><ul><li>July 1: FY 2011 Begins </li></ul>
  17. 18. BOS Public Hearing Strategy <ul><li>April 6, 7 & 8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up now on BOS website </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Speakers: Need huge turnout! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3-minute limit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address importance of funding & maintaining world-class schools to preserve quality of life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need supporters in audience – BIG numbers! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rallies </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. County Public Hearings Rallies <ul><li>Rally Dates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April 6 at 4:30 p.m. at County Gov. Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>April 7 – TBD, discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>April 8 – TBD, discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Present unified front for FCPS funding </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize unified message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for schools as primary message with specific program support secondary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear school spirit or program T-shirts </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Unified Slogan Ideas <ul><li>S.O.S. – Save Our Schools </li></ul><ul><li>High Value $chool$ = High Property Value$ </li></ul><ul><li>Save World Class Schools </li></ul><ul><li>World-Class Counties Have World-Class Schools </li></ul><ul><li>FCPS: Progressive NOT Regressive </li></ul><ul><li>Sharpen your pencils…fund our schools! </li></ul><ul><li>FCPS: More Than the Core </li></ul><ul><li>Email more slogan ideas for us to share at [email_address] </li></ul>
  20. 21. State Rally in Richmond <ul><li>VA Education Association & Virginia PTA </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stand Up for Education Rally” </li></ul><ul><li>When: 11 a.m.-noon, Sat, Feb. 27 </li></ul><ul><li>Where: Capitol Grounds Richmond </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to bring your children. Also hand made signs would be terrific, but do not attach them to sticks or posts as these are not allowed on the Capitol Grounds. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Next Steps & Meeting <ul><li>Sign up for public hearings tonight </li></ul><ul><li>If speaking, let us know date & number </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your county supervisor & Chairman Bulova before Mar. 9 & ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your state officials before Mar. 13 </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor five citizens by this weekend to take action to contact county & state </li></ul><ul><li>Take flyers to distribute </li></ul><ul><li>Mar. 22: Testimony & Rally Workshop </li></ul>
  22. 23. FCPS Budget Information <ul><li>The following slides, originally at the front end of this presentation, address FCPS-specific budget info, issues & myths. </li></ul><ul><li>Most was covered by FCPS Board Member </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Strauss & Kristen Michael of the </li></ul><ul><li>FCPS Budget Office </li></ul>
  23. 24. Dr. Dale’s Proposed FY 2011 Budget
  24. 28. Controversial Issues & Responses <ul><li>Teacher pensions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Legislature has authority over VRS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retirement packages for current employees won’t change for FY11 budget </li></ul></ul>
  25. 29. Controversial Issues & Responses <ul><li>“Bloated bureaucracy” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowest percentage of nonschool-based management positions to total school system positions in metro area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant decline in ratio of nonschool-based positions to students over past 20 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FCPS enrollment increased 30 percent since 1991 while nonschool-based positions decreased by 13 percent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central office support cut by 20 percent over last three years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>92.6 percent of FCPS employees work in schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Source:  FCPS The Bottom Line, Jan. 8, 2010 </li></ul>
  26. 30. Controversial Issues & Responses <ul><li>Schools receive half of county budget why should FCPS get more? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other school systems in VA receive about 50 percent of funding from state under the LCI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FCPS receives about 17-20 percent from state because of our county’s relative wealth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State legislature proposing to shift even more costs onto localities for FY 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  27. 31. FCPS Factors, Cuts & Efficiencies <ul><li>Budget overview from FY 1999 to FY 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Increased spending factors </li></ul><ul><li>FY 2011 expenditures </li></ul><ul><li>Student enrollment impact </li></ul><ul><li>Cost-per-pupil comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in central </li></ul>
  28. 32. NOTE: In FY 2009 -- $95M was cut In FY 2010 -- $171.5 M was cut