Priorities for Providence District Families

Karl Frisch will make sure every student has access to the tools they need to succeed no matter who they are, where they are from, or how much money their parents make.

Investing in Student Success

Reduce excessive standardized testing. Improve facilities and decrease our reliance on trailers by expediting renovations. Ensure every student has access to rigorous, strengths-focused academics and the tools they need to succeed no matter who they are or where they live.

Inspiring Future Careers

Increase funding and access to Career and Technical Education programs that prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Build bridges with the local business and nonprofit community for additional student internship and mentorship opportunities.

Supporting Teachers and Staff

Attract and retain talented and diverse teachers by increasing pay, improving support and training, and expanding our successful Teachers of Tomorrow program. Pay instructional assistants, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and other staff a living wage.

Prioritizing Safety

Provide truly secure learning environments by investing in school safety, additional counselors, and student-centered mental health support services – not by arming teachers. Encourage Richmond and Washington to finally pass thoughtful gun violence prevention legislation.

Access and Opportunity

Opportunity for every student no matter who they are or where they are from--delivering on the promise of the One Fairfax initiative.

Responsible Fiscal Stewardship

Responsible fiscal stewardship that continues our investment in educators and classrooms, and looks for savings to reinvest in our students.

Religious Accommodation

Close schools for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur so children are not disadvantaged because of their faith.

Green Schools

Rely on solar power, transition to an electric bus fleet, achieve carbon neutrality, and more, as part of a Green New Deal for Fairfax County Public Schools.

Saving Blake Lane Park

Opposes development of a new elementary school at Blake Lane Park and will work with the Board of Supervisors to find an alternate location.

Closing the Achievement Gap

High standards, challenging curriculums, quality educators, and improved access to Advanced Academics to help close the achievement gap.

Addressing Latino Enrollment Decline

Help families see schools as sanctuaries where they are safe by reforming SRO involvement in discipline and investing in interpreters to remove barriers.

Addressing Mental Health Challenges

Increased awareness and funds for counselors and student-centered, support services to address and destigmatize student mental health challenges.

Music and the Arts

Increased funding for music and arts education programs which help students learn other subjects and enhance skills inevitably used in other areas.

Alcohol, Nicotine, and Drug Dependence

Connect families with proven recovery resources, support students in recovery with appropriate options for continuing their education, and more.

Addressing Special Education Outcome Inequalities

Improved teacher retention and reduced support staff workloads, to address outcome inequalities between students with disabilities and their peers.

Define and Limit Use of Restraint and Seclusion

Ban prone restraint and clearly define and limit the use of restraint and seclusion to incidents that present a threat of imminent, serious physical harm only.

Inclusive, Scientifically Sound Family Life Education

Inclusive, scientifically sound, and relevant Family Life Education curriculum that emphasizes age-appropriate instruction on consent and other important issues.

Turning the Page on the Confederacy

Justice High School was a successful down payment on the need to rename all schools named to commemorate the Confederacy during the civil rights era.

Eliminating Discipline Disparities

Student discipline that is restorative rather than punitive, to keep students learning in schools and help eliminate disparities.