Loudon County, VA School Board Member Resigns

School boards have been unaccountable for decades.  Parents across the country are standing stand up for their children’s education and well-being.  Loudon County Virginia is just one example.  Story by Jack Phillips at Epoch Times.

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Win for Virginia Parents After Loudon County School Board Member Announces Resignation

By Jack Phillips
October 15, 2021 Updated: October 17, 2021

Embattled Loudoun County, Virginia, School Board member Beth Barts, who was the subject of a recall petition, announced Friday that she will resign from her position in November.

“This was not an easy decision or a decision made in haste. After much thought and careful consideration, it is the right decision for me and my family,” Barts said in a statement on Facebook. “Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from the Loudoun County School Board effective November 2, 2021.”

The Epoch Times has contacted the Loudoun County School Board for comment. The Loudon County Public School system also confirmed her resignation on Friday, saying it will start the process of filling the Leesburg District seat.

“I want to thank Board Member Barts for her service to the Leesburg District,” School Board Chair Brenda L. Sheridan said in a statement. “The School Board will announce its process for filling the Leesburg seat at its October 26 meeting and anticipates filling this position at its December 14 meeting.”

Last week, a Virginia judge denied Barts’ motion to dismiss a Loudon County parents’ organization’s petition to recall her before also removing Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj from the case. The decision represented a victory for opponents of critical race theory, a quasi-Marxist ideology that is the center of a culture war that’s going on across the United States.

The group Fight For Schools and other organizations alleged that Barts was involved in a private Facebook group that violated the School Board’s Code of Conduct and local laws after the page’s members allegedly tried to attempt to reveal private information about—or doxx—parents as well as opponents of critical race theory and similar ideologies.

Asra Nomani, vice president of strategy and investigation for Parents Defending Education and a key opponent against critical race theory being taught in schools, hailed the announcement that Barts will be resigning.

“The first domino falls,” Nomani wrote to her 66,000 Twitter followers. “This will not save her from investigations into her corruption,” she added.

School Board Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser said in March that Barts repeatedly violated the school board’s code of conduct. Responding to allegations that she was part of a Facebook group that tried to doxx parents, Barts said earlier this year that “it’s not my job to be liked. It’s my job to ask hard questions, work to provide the best education for our kids, make sure our teachers are paid what they really deserve, and represent the people of Leesburg.”

Barts’ resignation comes just days after the Department of Justice announced it was tasking FBI agents and U.S. attorneys to discuss strategies to address alleged threats against school administrators, teachers, and board members. The move has drawn significant condemnation from Republican lawmakers and officials, who alleged the agency is now treating concerned parents as political enemies.

Barts’ resignation announcement also came after the father of a 15-year-old girl who attends a Loudon County high school told The Daily Wire he was called that his daughter was sexually assaulted by an unnamed boy in the bathroom. Scott Smith, the father, suggested that the boy allegedly exploited left-wing school bathroom policies around gender.

Smith announced plans to sue the school district this week.
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Fox News: Virginia mom who survived Maoist China says DOJ school board association use ‘communist tactics’

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A Virginia mom who endured Mao’s Cultural Revolution before immigrating to the U.S. said the National School Boards Association and the Justice Department are using tactics similar to ones she saw Communist China use to stop parents from speaking out.

“When I was in China, I spent my entire school years in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, so I’m very, very familiar with the communist tactics of how to divide people, how they canceled the Chinese traditional culture and destroyed our heritage,” Xi Van Fleet told Fox News. “All this is happening here in America.”

“They call(ed) them racists for a long time, but that did not work,” Van Fleet said, referring to the parents who have spoken out about critical race theory. “So, they have to upgrade to domestic terrorists.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland last week announced, among other efforts, a task force to determine how “federal enforcement tools” can be used to prosecute criminal conduct directed toward school personnel. He said harassment and violence against school employees had increased and that “threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values.”

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The National School Boards Association said days prior to Garland’s announcement that such threats and violence “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.”

Van Fleet told Fox News: “I have to say, this will backfire. If intimidation works, America has fallen a long time ago.”

Van Fleet, who made headlines in June when she addressed the Loudoun County School Board over her concerns about critical race theory, has joined parents in neighboring Fairfax County who are denouncing the DOJ’s efforts.

“I do have a question: What’s [the] next step? Is the Tiananmen Square crackdown the next, or the parents who one day risked their lives just to speak out for the children? That’s why I’m here,” Van Fleet told Fox News.

Harry Jackson, a Fairfax County, Virginia, parent and president of the Thomas Jefferson High School Parent Teacher Student Association, said parents in his community were scared after the announcement.

“I can understand parents not wanting to speak in front of the school board members of their concerns, because now there is a fear,” Jackson told Fox News.

“They have instilled fear within the parents,” he continued. “They created fear amongst the community in which you’re supposed to service and support.”

Suparna Dutta, who recently pulled her son out of Thomas Jefferson High School, echoed Jackson’s comments, calling the DOJ announcement “shocking.”

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“I am scared,” Dutta told Fox News. “Yet, I believe that I’m living in a time when if I don’t speak up for my child and if I don’t stand up for what’s right in America, I don’t know what the next generation will be left with.”

Van Fleet said parents should not be intimidated by recent events.

“This is about your children,” said Van Fleet, whose son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015. “For me, I’m fighting it because it is about our future. The future of this country. So we cannot be intimidated.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Suparna Dutta, a Fairfax County Parent interviewed here is also affiliated with the Youngkin for Governor campaign as the Chairwoman of Educators

Michael Ruiz and Matt Wall contributed to this report.