Q & A: School superintendents speak out on key issues

Sep 23, 2013 by

Valeria Strauss – Have Washington area school systems been hurt by federal budget cuts? Are students being bombarded with too many standardized tests? How are schools handling the implementation of the Common Core State Standards?

I asked superintendents around the Washington region to answer these and other questions about key education issues as the 2013-14 school year gears up, to try to get a sense of their views and approaches to leadership.

Five superintendents responded: Joshua P. Starr in Montgomery County, Karen Garza in Fairfax County, Patrick K. Murphy in Arlington County, Edgar B. Hatrick III in Loudoun County and Kevin M. Maxwell in Prince George’s County. D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson declined to participate, Steven L. Walts in Prince William County said he was too busy opening schools and Morton Sherman was forced out as Alexandria superintendent just before the school year began.

Among such subjects as budgets, teacher evaluation, testing and charter schools, there was universal agreement on standardized testing: They all agreed that students are being tested too much.

Here are the questions with complete answers the superintendents answered by e-mail:


Did the federal sequester affect your budget for this school year and if so how? Did your budget grow or shrink for this school year and how do you plan to either spend the new money or cut?

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