How I Voted
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policies I-11.1 Family and Community Engagement and J-2.1 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- I made a motion to amend the 2023-24 APS Internal Audit Work Plan to include and prioritize an audit of the 2022-23 APS Health Insurance Procurement Process and related communication to APS staff. You can read the text of the amendment and my comments in support of it here.
- I voted to approve the FY25 School Board Budget Direction.
- I voted to approve an amended version of a new APS Calendar Policy. You can read my comments about the calendar policy here.
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policy J‐22.214.171.124 Food Service‐Vending Machines.
- I voted to approve a Deed of Temporary Easement for Williamsburg Middle School Athletic Fields and a Deed of Temporary Easement for Washington-Liberty High School Stadium.
- I voted to approve the Third Amendment to Deed of Lease at Highland Holdings - Parking for Career Center Campus.
- I voted to adopt new Statistics textbooks for secondary math.
- I voted to amend School Board Policies B.6.37 Electronic Participation in School Board Advisory Committee Meetings; B-4.4 Electronic Participation in Meetings by Individual Members; and J-5.3.1 Homeless Education Services.
- I voted to adopt new secondary math texts and other math resources for the 2023-24 school year.
- I voted to approve a new four-year contract for APS Superintendent Dr. Francisco Duran.
- I voted to approve the contract for external consultants to audit APS's existing facilities over the summer and produce recommendations (to be shared in September) re: how APS should prioritize the long-term renovations of its schools.
- I voted to approve the contract to purchase new HVAC equipment for the pool on the Wakefield High School campus.
- I voted to approve the APS FY24 budget. You can read my budget comments here.
- I voted to approve the construction contract for Phase 2 work at The Heights campus (HB Woodlawn and the Shriver Program).
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policies F-2 Facilities Goals and I-9.1.5 Exemplary Projects.
- I voted to approve the construction contract that will replace the HVAC system at Barcroft Elementary School.
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policy K‐126.96.36.199 School and Police Relations.
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policies D-1.33 Community Activities Fund, D-1.31 Financial Management-Budget Savings, D-2.30 Financial Management-General, D-2.31 Financial Management-Revenue Sharing, D-2.33 Financial Management-Additional County Revenue, D-2.34 Financial Management-Reserve Funds, D-2.35 Financial Management-Budget Direction, D-2.36 Financial Management-Budget Development, D-9 Internal Audit, and J-14 Student Fees, Fines and Charges.
- I voted to approve the Campbell Elementary School Kitchen and Entrance Renovations Construction Contract Award.
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policy J‐5.3.30 Admissions.
- I voted to approve APS’s participation in a legal Opioid Settlement.
- I voted to approve the Montessori Public School of Arlington Playground Relocation Construction Contract Award.
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policies I-188.8.131.52 High School Credit at the Middle School, J-5.3.1 Homeless Education Services, M-3 Financial Management-Financing Construction and Site Acquisition and M-11 Student ID Badges.
- I voted to approve amendments to School Board Policy B-4 School Board Meetings.
- I voted to approve the School Board Proposed FY 2024 Budget. Please see my vote commentary here.
- I voted to approve revisions to School Board Policies G-1.4 Acceptable Use of Social Media, K-184.108.40.206 Cooperation with Juvenile Court, and K-220.127.116.11 School and Police Relations.
- I voted to amend School Board Policy J-5.3.31 Options and Transfers.
- I voted Yes to approve the 2023-24 Program of Studies.
- I voted Yes to approve the construction contract award for kitchen and entrance renovations at Swanson Middle School.
- I voted Yes to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation for use of FY22 closeout funds.
- I voted Yes to approve the School Board’s Legislative Agenda for the 2023 Virginia General Assembly session.
- I voted Yes to approve a change order for Washington Gas related to its work on The Heights building.
- I voted Yes to approve a 2023-24 school year calendar that includes a first day of work for staff on August 17 and a first day of school for students on August 28.
- I voted Yes to approve an update to School Board Policy G-2.32 Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse to bring it into alignment with Virginia Code.
- I voted Yes to approve some new appointments to School Board Advisory Councils.
- I voted Yes to approve the Taylor Elementary School and Williamsburg Middle School Entrance Renovations Construction Contract Awards.
- I voted Yes to approve the Arlington Career Center Project Architecture and Engineering Fee.
- I voted Yes to approve the Fiscal Year 2023 Federal Pandemic Relief Bonus to APS employees (money earmarked for this purpose from the state).
- I voted Yes to approve Amendments to School Board Policies G-2.4 Human Relations-Employee-Employer Communications and G-3.2.1 Salary.
- I voted Yes to approve the FY24 School Board Budget Direction.
- I voted Yes to approve the Deed of Temporary Easement and Construction Agreement at Wakefield High School.
- I voted Yes to approve a replacement system for APS Card Access to our buildings.
- I voted Yes to approve a Deed of Easement at Kenmore Middle School to enable changes to the traffic signal at Rte 50 and Carlin Springs Rd.
- I voted Yes to approve the Arlington School Administrators (ASA) as the Exclusive Representative for the Administrative Personnel Bargaining.
- I voted Yes to approve the Arlington Career Center Project Proposed Schematic Design. Because this has been a topic with significant community involvement and interest, I’m sharing the comments I made in support of my vote here.
- I voted Yes to approve the Randolph Elementary School Roof Replacement Project.
- I voted Yes to approve the Lease Agreement for Temporary Location of Arlington Community High School.
- I voted Yes to approve a one-time donation by Amazon/Clark Construction for the Arlington Career Center.
- I voted Yes to approve the School Board's 2022-23 priorities.
- I voted Yes to approve the Deed of Resubdivision, Vacation, Dedication, and Rededication for Long Branch Elementary.
- I voted Yes to approve appointments to School Board Advisory Committees.
- I voted Yes to approve revisions to School Board Policies A-3 Nondiscrimination and K-2.5 Internet Privacy.
- I voted Yes to approve amendments to School Board Policies B-3.6.30 School Board Advisory Committees and M-15 Aquatics Facilities and Programs, and New School Board Policies D-9.1 Reporting Per Pupil Costs and K-12 Judicial Review.
- I voted Yes to approve a religious exemption requested by an Arlington County family.
- I voted Yes to approve amendments to the FY23 budget. Amendment was necessary because the General Assembly had just finalized the state appropriation for education.
- I voted Yes to approve the resource adoption for English Language Arts grades 6-12.
- I voted Yes to approve the amendment to Sun Tribe Solar's Comprehensive Agreement, 01FY18.
- I voted Yes to approve the FY 2023-32 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). You can read the comments I made before the vote here.
- I voted Yes to approve the recommendation for new school start times.
- I voted Yes to approve the School Board Proposed FY23 Budget.
- I voted Yes to approve revisions to School Board Policies I-7.2.2 Gifted Services, I-7-2.7 Homebound Instruction, I-18.104.22.168 School Organizations and Special Activities, and I-8.1 Grouping.
- I voted Yes to approve a bundle of School Board Policies governing safety and security that had been tabled since December 2019 (six policies and 12 PIPs).
- I voted Yes to approve a change order on the proposed Arlington Career Center schematic design architecture and engineering fee.
- I voted Yes on the School Board's Collective Bargaining Resolution.
- I voted Yes to approve APS’s Annual Plan for Special Education. The Annual Plan is a state requirement from the Virginia Department of Education for every school district.
- I voted Yes to approve a calendar change, making Monday, May 2 a holiday for Eid rather than Tuesday, May 3.
- I voted Yes to approve a construction contract to The Matthews Group, Inc. in the amount of $1,612,114 for renovations to the entranceways to Gunston Middle School.
- I voted Yes to approve the School Board’s Proposed FY23 Budget. You can read the comments I delivered before I voted here.
- I voted Yes to approve revisions to School Board Policy I-12 on Evaluation.
- I voted Yes to approve revisions to School Board Policy B-4.4 Electronic Participation in Meetings by Individual [School Board] Members.
- I voted Yes to approve revisions to School Board Policies B-6.3.30 School Board Advisory Committees, B-6.3.34 School Board Health Advisory Committee, and B-6.3.35 Student Advisory Board.
- I made a motion to postpone the School Board’s vote on the Career Center concept designs until immediately following the approval of the Capital Improvement Plan in June. You can read my motion here. Following this unsuccessful motion, I voted No to approve the Career Center revised base and alternative education specifications, revised project requirements, and the direction to staff to begin the schematic design phase. You can read the comments I delivered before I voted here.
- I voted Yes to approve the Superintendent's recommendation to shift the APS Dual Language Immersion program in elementary schools from a 50/50 partial immersion model to an 80/20 early full immersion program.
- I voted Yes to approve a one-time $1,000 (pre-tax) bonus for eligible full-time staff and pro-rated amounts for part-time and hourly employees, to include Extended Day, Food Service, School-Based Daily Substitutes, and Transportation Trainee employees.
- I voted Yes to rescind an earlier School Board direction to undertake a countywide process to manage elementary school enrollment in SY 2022-23 (essentially, no comprehensive elementary school boundary process next fall. Instead, if the September 30 enrollment at any school significantly exceeds its capacity to the extent that cannot be managed in other ways, the Superintendent may bring a recommendation for small boundary adjustment(s) next October.)
- I voted yes to approve a set of updated policies related to the Student Code of Conduct, Student Searches and Confiscation of Property, Prohibited Substances, and Leaving School Grounds.
- I voted Yes to approve an updated policy on Legal Representation.
- I voted Yes to approve a set of updated policies on Standards and Requirements, Curriculum, and Special Education.
- I voted Yes to approve an updated policy on Bullying/Harassment Prevention.
- I voted Yes to approve revisions (tuning) of the APS Strategic Plan and changes to the policy that governs the development and assessment of the Strategic Plan. I did so after multiple meetings with APS leadership and a comparison against other related documents (like the five-year plan from the Office of Special Education).
- I voted Yes to add the course “Music Appreciation: History of Music Genres and Cultural Identities” to the High School Program of Studies.
- I voted Yes to approve revisions to School Board Policy I-22.214.171.124 Advanced Classes.
- I voted Yes to adopt the Superintendent’s recommendation to pause the Virtual Learning Program during the 2022-23 school year. I did so after numerous meetings with VLP families (as the VLP’s School Board liaison) and APS leadership. I continue to work as the VLP liaison to ensure that these families and students will be supported this school year and next. The comments I made before the vote can be accessed here.
1. I voted Yes to approve the 2022-23 Secondary Program of Studies.
- Looking ahead to next year, I’d like to understand more about why we require 6th grade Reading for every student, and I’ve set up time with APS staff to talk about this. (My question is whether every 6th grader needs Reading in addition to English class, or whether some students could opt out of Reading and free up space in their schedule for an additional elective course.)
- I also want to understand more about how teachers can propose and develop brand-new electives, particularly when there’s strong student interest in a particular subject.
2. I voted Yes to approve new policies and policy implementation procedures (PIPs) for early childhood education, English learner education, and acceleration. I voted to approve these new policies after asking questions, meeting with APS staff members, requesting revisions to the EL draft policy and ensuring that the Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Immigrant and Refugee Student Concerns had provided feedback on the EL policy.
3. I voted Yes to approve the Superintendent’s Recommendations about the use of FY21 closeout funds.
- “Closeout funds” are the money left over from a previous year’s budget that can be put to some other needed use in the current year. For a variety of reasons, this year we have more than $60 million in closeout funds from last school year.
- Before voting, I met with APS staff before voting to ask questions about how the money was being divided, especially to different financial reserve categories. I also wanted to make sure I understood what this closeout spending might mean for next year’s budget, which APS staff is currently developing.