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Accomplishments

I am proud of the accomplishments that I have helped our schools achieve. Just during the last 4 years, I led the board as its chairman for 2 years to hire an excellent new superintendent, implement full Mondays at all of our elementary schools, and bring reasonable reforms to student disciplinary system and later high school start times for high schools from this September. The level of academic achievement has been going up every year, not just for the high achievers but for everyone. The minority achievement gap has been narrowing. The graduation rate is high.

Vision for the Future

What is so remarkable is that we have been able to accomplish all these in spite of the tough budgets. Of course, our system is by no means perfect and there is still work to be done. I want to continue improving our operational efficiency. We need to find ways to support our teachers better; solve the digital-divide problems among the students; help our students acquire the 21st century skills; continue keeping schools safe; reduce large class sizes; and, improve the school buildings. I want to remain as part of the team to work on these.
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When he immigrated to the United States in 1974, he had to repeat the 10th grade due to difficulty with the English Language. After graduating from T.C. Williams High School in 1977, Ilryong went on to graduate from Harvard University, and is now a partner in a successful law practice in Annandale.


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