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FCFT Member Newsletter

It's Budget Season!

As you may already know, the superintendent unveiled her proposed budget last Thursday during the school board meeting. There were some things in there that hopefully made you smile, starting with a step increase for all employees, including those currently at the top of the pay scale. There is also a 3% Market Scale Adjustment (MSA), which is close to what we had last year. There is also a proposed 1% retention bonus and maintenance of the extended contract for special education teachers. It is important to know, however, that these things are not guaranteed yet! First, the Fairfax County School Board must vote to approve the budget. Then, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors must approve the funding transfer, and Richmond must finalize their funding formulas. Then, the School Board revises their budget based on final funding projections. Dr. Reid’s budget proposal was only the first step in a long process that won’t be finalized until May! As a first opportunity to make your voice heard, there is a public hearing on the budget Monday. The sign-up for people wishing to speak is here.


Once we have won collective bargaining, we will be guaranteed a seat at the table. Until that happens, we must find other ways to share our priorities with the district. FCFT is scheduling meetings with school board members to address issues of pay, benefits, planning time, sub shortage, and more. We are also meeting with members of the Board of Supervisors to share our legislative and budget priorities. If you are interested in participating in one of these meetings, please fill out this form.


Currently scheduled meetings:

  • Rachna Sizemore Heizer, At-large member and board chair, February 1 at 5:15

  • Karl Frisch, Providence District, February 2 at 5:30

  • Dr. Ricardy Anderson, Mason District, February 16 at 5:00

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines to Remember

January 31, 2023

  • Midyear assessment conferences must be completed for all employees.

  • The evaluator must conduct one formal observation or two mini-observations prior to the midyear assessment.

  • Formal observations include a review of three or more standards.

  •  Mini observations include a review of one or two standards.

  • Post-conferences must take place within five school days of the observation.

  • Post-conferences are not required for mini-observations.

January 23-31

  • FCPS SY23/24 intention letters distributed.

Legislative Committee

It’s January, which means a new General Assembly Session! Not only that, but this is an election year; all school board members, board of supervisors members, state delegates, and state senators are up for election. Our legislative committee will be meeting to discuss lobbyist opportunities during the general session, which runs through the end of February. This committee will also eventually decide what endorsement process, if any, FCFT will follow for the upcoming election. If you are interested in participating, the first meeting is TONIGHT at 5:00, and you can let us know by filling out this form! Please email if you have any questions.

FCFT Day of Service


FCFT will host a food drive to benefit United Community Ministries. Members may drop off items listed at the headquarters building, 7405 Alban Station Court, B215, Springfield, VA 22150 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. While dropping off your items be sure to pickup your new FCFT t-shirt. Members may also drop off items at school with their Building Representatives. Please join us in our Day of Service Project.

Member Specialists' Corner

Important information and dates from our Member Specialists can be found here!

Did you change schools? Job Titles? Let us know!

We want to make sure you are connected to our staff who can best support you. If you changed worksites or job titles, please email with your new school or job title.


Building Representative

Are you a building representative in your school? Are you interested in becoming the building rep at your school? Are you not sure your building has a rep? Please reach out to 

In solidarity,

David Walrod, President of Fairfax County Federation of Teachers

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