Is ACPS Spending Taxpayer Money Wisely in Alexandria?

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A reader writes in about Alexandria City Public Schools launch of their ACPS 2020 strategic plan this past Friday. I personally don’t mind spending money on getting kids excited to learn, what about you? Weigh in below with your comments.

From an email…

Dear Red Brick Town,

As a taxpayer I am concerned about how much money is being spent on an ACPS event at Jefferson Huston this evening. To launch a plan that is supposed to be about education why are we spending hard earned tax money for face painting, balloons, disco balls and all of that. Give kids books or hire more teachers! This is not even to mention the money spent paying people to focus on this event instead of real needs. Am I alone on this concern?

The tweets about it this week have been overdone and make this seem event seem a desperate political PR attempt and a money waste.

 

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The more parents and the community are engaged with students and our schools, the more likely students are to succeed. An event that brings all kids, families and community members together to see the best our schools have to offer once every five years does not strike me as an unwise use of funds. I commend Superintendent Crawley for giving everyone an opportunity to celebrate our schools achievements and get everyone energized for the hard work ahead to continue to improve student academic achievement.

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Marguerite Rippy
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Personally, my family found the 2020 kickoff to be a wonderful event that gave my son a real sense of connection to the larger ACPS community, as well as inspiring him in terms of offering insight into the array of arts programs he can join in the future. It was great to see kids from the joint George Mason/Jefferson Houston jazz band, the T.C. choral group, the Lyles-Crouch chorus and so many more. In addition, it got the whole community focused on the shared strategic plan goals for 2020, which should be a important to all Alexandrians because good schools… Read more »