Members of the controversial, woke Loudoun County School Board will face the ax this November after Virginia’s new GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin ordered them to face the ballot a year earlier than they would have.
At midnight on Tuesday, Youngkin made an amendment to a bill that moved the school board elections up a year, putting them on the ballot this coming November instead of in 2023, WJLA.com reported. That means all nine members will be up for election come the fall.
‘Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, elections for all nine districts of the Loudoun County School Board shall be held on November 5, 2022,’ the amendment to HB 1138 reads.
The board is made up of nine members, including Jeff Morse, chair of the Dulles District, Ian Serotkin, Vice-Chair of Blue Ridge District, at-large member Denise Corbo, Atoosa Reaser of the Algonkian District, Harris Mahedavi, of the Ashburn District, Andrew Hoyler of the Broad Run District, John Beatty of the Catoctin District, and Tom Marshall of the Leesburg District.
The Loudoun School Board has been mired in controversy, including headlines last year for covering up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, which led to an additional assault of a young girl – whose father infamously attended a school board meeting and had to be forcibly removed.
Parents also voiced their frustration with the state’s woke school board saying they did not want their children to be taught Critical Race Theory (CRT) – that they’re bad or good depending on their race.
Multiple school board meetings made headlines after parents were filmed clashing with staff over the decision to teach it – and the board’s approval of a $6 million ‘equity-training’ program last April, as well as the September approval of a study into whether it would be appropriate to give reparations to black people.
Loudoun County School Board members (pictured) will be up for election this coming November instead of 2023 following an amendment by Governor Younkin
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (pictured) made an amendment to a bill that moved up the elections of the Loudoun County School Board to November 2022
Shelley Slebrch and other angry parents and community members protest after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted by the school board because the crowd refused to quiet down last June
Younkin said the amendment was a chance to ‘reflect the will of parents’ sooner.
‘The last few years just absolutely signified some real challenges with the Loudoun County School Board,’ Younkin told 7NewsDC. ‘And so in the spirit of transparency and accountability, my amendment gives parents the ability to elect their school board.’
But the move came as a surprise to school board members, including Andrew Hoyler who said he does not support it.
‘I was extremely surprised with the news this morning regarding forced elections for all school board seats this November, as opposed to just my seat and Mr. Marshall’s seat. Despite my differences with my each of my colleagues, I do NOT support Governor Youngkin’s amendment,’ he tweeted on Tuesday.
Delegate David Reid slammed the amendment, saying it was an attempt by the Republican governor to ‘undermine local elections.’
‘This is another attempt by some Republicans to subvert our democracy and hold it hostage to a right-wing minority,’ Reid said in a statement.
‘The members of the Loudoun County School Board were elected to serve 4-year terms and they should be allowed to serve the full duration of their terms – that’s why we have scheduled elections.
‘This bill had overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House (100-0) and the Senate (39-0-1),’ he added.
‘By adding this unnecessary amendment to a simple administrative bill, which was requested by the Loudoun Board of Elections, Governor Youngkin is opening the door for any future majority and Governor to undermine local elections and local control.’
Loudoun School Board member Andrew Hoyler said he does not support the amendment
On the day Youngkin took office, he signed an executive order banning CRT from schools and said he would open an investigation into the Loudoun County School Board’s actions
But while school board members are not in support of the amendment, many parents might be, after the Loudoun County School District has been a constant presence in the news due to multiple controversies.
Loudon County, a Democratic stronghold in northern Virginia, became the focal point of debate over woke policies by school boards across the country.
The district previously made headlines last year after it allegedly covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl.
Indeed, Virginia’s Loudoun County was a focal point in Youngkin’s gubernatorial race against former Gov. Terry McAuliffe after a skirt-wearing 14-year-old male high school student, identifying as non-binary, was arrested over the rape of a female student in a school bathroom.
That male student was then transferred to a different school where he then allegedly raped another student.
The district has been accused of covering up the crime and saw one of the alleged victim’s parents arrested at a school board meeting.
The student involved has been placed on the sex offenders registry for life as part of his sentence.
The Loudoun County School District – which has been plagued by scandal after scandal. Pictured, a man is detained after a fight broke out during a Loudoun County School Board meeting which included a discussion of Critical Race Theory and transgender students
The district also made the news over the matter of Critical Race Theory.
The use of critical race theory, or CRT, in education has been criticized for its message that the U.S. is built on racism with skin color determining the social, economic and political differences between each.
Advocates say its’ teaching is necessary to underline how deeply racism pervades society, while critics say it is divisive and paints everyone as a victim or oppressor, with multiple Virginia school board meetings making headlines after parents were filmed clashing with staff over the decision to teach it.
Governor Youngkin pledged to ban CRT, seizing on the discontent of parents who had grown agitated after the Loudon County school board last April announced a $6million ‘equity-training’ program that parents associated with CRT.
The ‘equity training’ which was met with strong opposition by some residents.
Parents claimed that training was part of a pro-CRT push which would lead to students seeing themselves as victims or oppressors, depending on their race.
Protests then reignited in September, when the school board voted 6-3 in favor of beginning a study into whether it would be appropriate to give reparations to black people after it previously ignored a landmark desegregation ruling.
On the day Youngkin took office, he signed an executive order banning CRT from schools and said he would open an investigation into the Loudoun County School Board’s actions.