11+ Virginia’s Statewide Public School Literacy Screening Conflict of Interest:  A conflict of interest exists between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the University of Virginia (UVA), and Dr. Marcia Invernizzi (former Professor Emeritus at UVA and the creator of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener (PALS)) and is obstructing APS’ and Virginia’s Public ’ ability to identify all of our K-3 students who are at risk of failing to learn to read.  This obstruction continues

Death By PowerPoint

Posted on August 15, 2019

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1+ Arlington is comprised of people that are smart and very short on time. Individuals are busy with work, school, and home. Furthermore, our residents have experience learning, developing concepts, and negotiating. Arlington County are completely disrespectful of residents’ skills and time parameters.  A typical Arlington meeting lasts three hours10 min of introductions and opening2.5 hours of powerpoint presentations10 min of Q&A10 min of next steps No one should ever give multiple hours of

It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green

Posted on August 14, 2019

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2+ “It’s not that easy bein’ green Having to spend each day The color of the leaves When I think it could be nicer Bein’ red or yellow or gold Or something much more colorful like that” Kermit the Frog had nothing on the Arlington County government. The Arlington County government is having a helluva time being green. This is the tortured tale of Arlington’s NOT becoming a Biophilic City. Background. In September 2016, Arlington

APS – A Kindergarten Maze

Posted on August 14, 2019

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0 Sending your kid to kindergarten isn’t rocket science – need to know key dates, learning program options, after school care options, and have a number to call with questions that are truly unique to your kid. Basic information. Our household of over educated adults that manage million dollar programs scoured the APS website and couldn’t find what we were looking for so we reached out to neighbors who were active in the schools. They

The Misnomer of Commission Participation

Posted on August 12, 2019

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4+ Overview of experience: I was appointed to a . I was pretty excited as the topic is important to me  and aligns with the values that made me want to live in Arlington. Plus the commitment was limited to 3-4 hours per month. The topics were big and juicy, there was much to discuss. The county staff did three presentations back to back and there was limited time for Q&A but only 3 people
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