I’m glad to see that the Fairfax County School Board voted to extend Superintendent Karen Garza’s contract for another four-year term. However, I was disappointed that the Washington Post report on Garza neglected to mention the most important change implemented during her tenure: elimination of Monday early dismissals.
The list of “significant changes” in the school system left out the most impressive change of all: eliminating the old policy of dismissing elementary school students 2 ½ hours early every Monday. For many years I had been the leading advocate of full-day Mondays. I was very impressed with Superintendent Garza’s willingness to question the previously entrenched status quo and implement reform in a timely manner. The school board voted for this change two years ago and it was implemented in September 2014.