How Does Race Impact Student Experience in Arlington Public Schools?
Wednesday January 8, 2020
Arlington Public Schools has a strong reputation for educational achievement and is ranked as the top school system in Virginia. APS meets or exceeds the state average pass rate on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests across the entire student population. However, the same SOL data show disparities in the pass rates across students of different races. Beyond test data, Arlington residents have raised concerns that students of different races receive different treatment in areas including school discipline, class selection, and other areas. C-100’s January program seeks to explore the impact of race on student experience from different perspectives. Our speakers include:
An APS Parent: Whytni H. Kernodle, Esq., Vice President, Black Parents of Arlington.
An APS Student: Zoe Davis, a sophomore at Yorktown High School.
APS Educators: Cintia Z. Johnson, Interim Superintendent Arlington Public Schools and Carolyn Jackson, Supervisor, Equity & Excellence, Arlington Public Schools
Should the Virginia General Assembly Vote to Amend the Virginia Constitution and Pass Redistricting Reform?
Wednesday December 11, 2019
Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly took the first step in passing a constitutional amendment to end partisan gerrymandering in the commonwealth. In order for the amendment to make to Virginia voters, the legislature must first pass an identical version in the 2020 session. While the amendment passed in 2019 with overwhelming bipartisan support, its chances of passage in the 2020 session are far from certain.
Join us to hear the pros and cons of a constitutional amendment. Our speakers are:
Brian Cannon, Executive Director, OneVirginia 2021
Delegate Mark Levine, D - 45th District: Counties of Arlington (part) and Fairfax (part); City of Alexandria (part)
Scott Bledso, PhD Candidate in Political Science, George Mason University
Affordable Housing - Is Density our Destiny?
November 13, 2019
Arlington is experiencing a shortage of affordable housing. One idea worth examining is to adjust our zoning laws to allow greater variety of housing types in single family areas (e.g. duplexes or fourplexes) to allow for the development of multi-family properties along transportation corridors. Join us to hear from our speakers about challenges and possible solutions:
Michelle McDonough Winters, Executive Director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions
Peter Rousselot, former member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia and former Chair of the Arlington County Democratic Committee
Jeannette Chapman, Deputy Director, The Stephen S. Fuller Institute at the Schar School, GMU
Arlington County Board - Candidate Forum
Wednesday October 9, 2019
The Arlington Committee of 100 is proud to host a candidate forum for November’s County Board Member election. Join us to hear from candidates (in alphabetical order, left to right): Audrey Clement, Katie Cristol, Christian Dorsey, and Arron O'Dell.
How Can Arlington Better Serve English Language Learners?
Wednesday September 11, 2019
In 2019, Arlington Public Schools (APS) signed an agreement with the US Department of Education over allegations that APS has provided inadequate help for students learning English. While APS did not admit to any violation by signing the agreement, failure to comply could have meant that APS was in violation of the 1974 Equal Education Opportunities Act, which requires schools to provide the same opportunities for all students regardless of race, gender, or language. How did we get here? What does good policy and practice for English Language Learners look like? Lastly, what does this settlement mean, and how will the community know that English Language Learners are being served well?
Join us to explore this topic and hear from the following speakers:
Gabriela Uro, Director for English Language Learner Policy and Research for the Council of the Great City Schools
Samuel Klein, Supervisor, Office of English Language Learners, Arlington Public Schools