Virginia judge sides with parents, rules the group’s recall petition can advance to trial

A group of Virginia parents seeking to oust five Loudoun County School Board members won a court victory in it’s efforts to remove one member after a judge ruled the group’s recall petition can advance to trial.

Per the Washington Examiner “a Loudoun County Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday in favor of the group’s singular recall petition against board member Beth Barts, denying her motion to dismiss. The judge also agreed to the group’s request to appoint a special prosecutor when the case goes to trial in the coming weeks.”

Ian Prior, a Loudoun County parent who founded the group Fight for Schools reacted by saying “today, we were given a seat at the table and a fair process. We are grateful for the Court’s decision and finally have some hope.”

The report adds:

Fight for Schools has advocated for months against the district’s equity initiatives, becoming the face of parental opposition against critical race theory. Concerned parents allege part of the district’s curriculum pushes CRT, which claims racism is systemic in academic curricula, arguing the framework doesn’t align with values they want taught to their students.

Prior’s group alleged Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney Buta Biberaj, who would typically represent petitioners, had a “disqualifying conflict of interest” due to her “personal friendship” with Barts.

The organization’s victory comes as U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a memorandum to the FBI this week to take on “threats of violence” against school boards and teachers amid growing parental anger over curricula, mask mandates, and other polarizing issues.

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