Support Dr. Brewer

$25,890 of $60k goal

Raised by 218 people in 20 days
Mark Harrington  STERLING, VA
Dr. John Brewer, the man who “opened” Dominion High School and has served as its one and only principal for the past 13 years, needs our help! As you may know, he was placed on leave in December, 2016. The Superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has now recommended Dr. Brewer’s termination. Based upon all available information, we find the Superintendent’s position to be unjustified and unwarranted.

Dr. Brewer intends to vigorously defend his position, and has retained counsel to represent him. This process will include a full day hearing before a hearing officer hired by the County, and an additional hearing before a closed session of the full LCPS School Board if the recommendation to terminate is approved by the hearing officer.

As a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Dr. Brewer will receive up to $10,000 to help offset his legal expenses. Unfortunately, his legal expenses could now reach (or exceed) $60,000, and it is highly unlikely that he will ever be able to recover these expenses, even if he is ultimately reinstated.

Our goal is to ease the financial burden Dr. Brewer and his family face as he contests the LCPS’s recommendation for termination. We have established this GoFundMe account to allow his many supporters to help contribute to his legal defense fund.

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Update 8
Posted by Mark Harrington
13 hours ago
CRITICAL UPDATE:
We received new information this weekend that LCPS Administrative staff is expanding their list of issues in an attempt to justify their weak recommendation to terminate Dr. Brewer as Principal of DHS. The expanded list of issues has nothing to do with Mr. Damron but focuses on Dr. Brewer's mentoring of students.

Of additional concern, is that the hearing process is delayed causing more time to elapse without our principal and driving up legal fees for Dr. Brewer, which now could easily reach $60,000. Superintendent Williams and his staff are conducting nothing short of a witch hunt through a flawed, non-transparent process.

Who suffers? Our students, our community and our Principal who now has the burden of legal fees just to fight for his job. LCPS is choosing to ignore our voices of over 250 speakers, 3000 petitioners and close to 700 people who showed up at the last school board meeting.

IT IS TIME TO RALLY! Let's pack the Loudoun County School Board again TOMORROW Tuesday, January 24 at 6:20 pm - 21000 Education Court, Ashburn. We are looking for STUDENT speakers to share stories about what Dominion has been like without Dr. Brewer and for speakers who haven't shared their stories! To speak - call 571-252-1020 or e-mail the clerk@lcps.org. Send us a comment and let us know what speaker number you are assigned!

Gooooo Titans!!!!
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Update 7
Posted by Mark Harrington
7 days ago
UPDATE / NEXT STEPS

Our Titan Community continues to rally around Principal Dr. John Brewer with events at the school and an amazing show of support at last Tuesday's School Board meeting. An estimated 800 came out, including one person who flew in from California to speak for 60 seconds and a couple who drove down from New York to speak about how they have modeled some of their practices based on Dr. Brewer's approach. Many were turned away by the Fire Marshall. Close to 200 spoke in support of DHS and Dr. Brewer. All of the area media outlets featured coverage, helping to create expanded awareness! To date, more than $23,000 has been raised through the GoFundMe campaign to ensure Dr. Brewer has the financial means to continue his appeal.

So what happens next?

Dr. Brewer has filed an appeal that will be heard by an appointed Hearing Officer in a closed session. The exact date has yet to be set, but the hearing will take place no later than first week of February. If required, the matter will then go to the School Board for a vote sometime in February. While the matter has not yet gotten to them for consideration, the Board needs to keep hearing from all of us about the Dominion story of excellence, and Dr. Brewer's outstanding academic and all-around leadership. So here's what you can do:

1. Email - Send Email to the School Board members, either individually or collectively at lcsb@lcps.org and tell them why you support Dr. Brewer's return to DHS.

2. Show Up - Plan to join us at the next School Board meeting on Tuesday 1/24 at 6:30. They need to know that we are not going away. We suggest that you not sign up yet to speak - the volume of speakers we had this week was amazing, but we only had 60 seconds each. We have ideas on a different, but still just as impactful, way to handle the next meeting. Join the calendar invite here for the latest information.

3. Petition - Make sure all Titan supporters continue to sign the petition on Change.org

4. Social Media - keep up with this Facebook group for breaking updates, and follow us on Twitter @BrewerSupport and #BringBackBrewer

5. Videos - subscribe to the Support Dr. Brewer YouTube channel. We would love to receive more videos! Your stories are so powerful and we want to make sure our School Board, the LCPS administration, our community and others hear from you. Send them our way and we'll post them on YouTube.

6. Legal Defense - The GoFundMe account to support the legal defense is still open as and accepting donations.our goal is based on our estimate but can't know exactly what we need to win. Any funds that are not used to support Dr. Brewer's defense will be donated to support our Dominion community.

Dr. Brewer, we won't give up if you don't give up. And in the Truly Titan spirit, we know you want and deserve to come back to your Titan community and are behind you.

Gooooo Titans!!!!
@BrewerSupport
#BringBackBrewer
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Update 6
Posted by Mark Harrington
11 days ago
We won't give up if you don't give up, Dr. Brewer! Video by Jessy Montero with scenes from Reston Bible Church and December School Board meeting.
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Update 5
Posted by Mark Harrington
12 days ago
Wow, what a show of support from the Titan community as we rally around Dr. John Brewer. We met our stated goal prior to last night's School Board meeting and have since surpassed it.

So now what? The goal amount covers what we anticipate Dr. Brewer's legal fees will be to appeal for his reinstatement. This process may go on for several more weeks at least. The actual cost could be more or less than this. The funds collected will be placed in a trust account and be used to pay the fees directly, making this very transparent to the public and simple for Dr. Brewer.

Now should we be so blessed as to have money after paying for his defense, we'll work with Dr. Brewer to ensure any remaining funds are used to support Titans and Titan organizations in need and will provide an accounting of that as well.

I'm leaving the campaign open for now, so be assured that anything we collect will go to support the Titan community we all care about so deeply. More to come.

Gooooo Titans!!!!
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#BringBackBrewer
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$25,890 of $60k goal

Raised by 218 people in 20 days
Created January 3, 2017
Mark Harrington  
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Anonymous
2 hours ago
CK
$250
Clara and Anand Kao
4 hours ago

Dr. Brewer, we have been so lucky and blessed to have been able to work with someone as dedicated, kind and caring as you. We support you and stand behind you in your time of need as you have done for us and for countless numbers of dancers on our team. We pray for your rightful return to Dominion so that you can continue to help students be their best as you have done for years.

MC
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Mike & Lori Christ
5 hours ago
NB
$200
Nick and Deb Blaskoski
9 hours ago
$50
Anonymous
10 hours ago
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11 hours ago
EH
$150
Eric Holmberg
13 hours ago
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Michael Guttman
15 hours ago

There is no better person to have as Principal of Dominion High School

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