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Karen Keys-Gamarra for Fairax County School Board (At-Large)
I strongly endorse current school board member at-large Karen-Keys Gamarra. Fairfax county needs someone who will faithfully implement the One Fairfax policy on inclusion and equity. This matter is important especially in basic education. Karen Keys-Gamarra is committed to providing the best learning opportunities not just for a chosen group but for all students enrolled in Fairfax County public schools. I first met Karen Keys-Gamarra in person during a school board meeting back in December. It was in that meeting that Karen Keys‐Gamarra requested the Board to consider a work session to discuss "inequities of opportunity and access for historically underrepresented populations to Advanced Academic Programs". In addition, Karen has always fought for maintaining Title I funding for high poverty schools in the county. From promoting restorative efforts and reducing disciplinary or punitive measures to protecting the rights of special education students, Karen has always championed the same ideals necessary for achieving equity in our schools. For One Fairfax policy to be a reality and not just an empty slogan, Karen Keys-Gamarra needs to be nominated once more by Democratic members of Fairfax county. Let us work so that she gets reelected in November.
Candidate Forum and Voting:
Saturday, May 11th, Forum 11:00 am -1:00 pm, Voting 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA
TANONG: ANO ANG KTO12 PROGRAM? SAGOT: Ang Kto12 Program ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ay tumutukoy sa pagkakaroon ng mandatory o required na kindergarten at karagdagang 2 taon sa dating 10-year Basic Education Cycle. Kung noon, pagkatapos ng anim na taon sa elementarya at apat na taon sa hayskul (kabuuang 10 taon) ay maaari nang makapagkolehiyo ang mga estudyante. Sa ilalim ng Kto12, bago makapagkolehiyo, kailangan pa nilang dumaan sa karagdagang 2 taon pagkatapos ng apat na taong hayskul. Sa bagong sistema, tinatawag na senior high school o junior college ang karagdagang 2 tao…
There is information to be gained from data. Tests in schools can be informative. Scores of students provide a quick glimpse of the current state of education. Thus, it is useful to have these numbers. These numbers may not tell everything in detail with high accuracy. Nevertheless, test results allow for a useful perspective. The National Achievement Test administered by the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, a set of standardized tests addressing the major subjects taught in school, is an example. These tests are given to Grade 3 where students are assessed in both English and Filipino (These two subjects comprise two thirds of the exam) and Math and Science (These two account for the remaining one third). A different set of tests is given to Grade 6 pupils where each of the following 5 subjects is assigned 40 items: (Science, Math, English, Filipino and Social Studies). Another set is administered to fourth year high school students (This is currently the last year…
With the new K to 12 curriculum in the Philippines, various tracks are now offered in the last two years of basic education. The various options available obviously make it possible for students to find themselves later unprepared for the courses they decide to take in college. A student, for instance, who finishes the accounting business management (ABM) strand in the senior high school academic track, is now required to take additional courses if the student chooses to enroll in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) major in college. These additional courses which are now called "bridging programs" are either taken during the first year of college or over several weeks in the summer before college starts.
There are bridging programs in the United States, but these are different from the ones that are now appearing in colleges in the Philippines. In Coldwater High School in Michigan, for example, the "bridging program" is an option for students…