Concerned Parents Question Whether Virginia School Board Tried To Rig Meeting

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In the wake of a contentious school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, some parents are questioning whether or not members of the school board tried to rig the meeting.

During the June 22 meeting, the school board voted 9-0 to cut off the public comment portion after former state Sen. Dick Black’s remarks drew loud applause. In the wake of that cutoff, two parents were arrested.

Ian Prior, the executive director of Fight for Schools, told the Daily Caller in an email, “The signup form for the meetings are usually Friday a.m. at 8. This time they were Thursday at 8 a.m. and no one was aware, yet conveniently the first bunch of speakers were all there to defend” the school board. Many parents are accusing six board members of being part of a secret Facebook group that targeted parents opposed to the use of critical race theory in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), according to Prior. Those parents and others then decided to launch a recall campaign targeting those board members.

Email from Robin Burke, chairwoman of the Education Committee of the NAACP Loudoun Branch

Email from Robin Burke, chairwoman of the Education Committee of the NAACP Loudoun Branch

Prior also sent the Daily Caller a link to a June 15 tweet by Loudoun Democrats advertising a rally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on June 22. Prior noted that the board meeting had been moved up to 4 p.m. from its usual 6:30 p.m. start. Prior also tweeted June 17 that the registration for comments had been opened a day earlier than the policy on the LCPS website stated it should be opened. Multiple tweets from Loudoun Democrats stated that they were funding a bus to bring people to a rally and to back the school board.

The Daily Caller tracked the speakers during the public comment session of the June 22 meeting. During that session, 15 of the first 17 speaking, including the initial 11, backed the school board with regards to the policies. In total, 16 expressed support for the school board’s policies, 32 expressed opposition, and two were young children who thanked their teachers.

The Daily Caller obtained a June 1, 2020, email written by Robin Burke, the chair of the education committee for the NAACP Loudoun Branch, to a number of participants, including Loudoun County school board chairwoman Brenda Sheridan via her official LCPS email. Burke urged Sheridan to use her power as chairwoman to remove John Beatty as chairman of two committees: the Discipline Committee and the Equity Committee. A post by Parents Against Critical Theory on June 22 claims Beatty was removed from the committees June 2, 2020. As of June 23, Beatty has other committee assignments.

Critical race theory holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.