On Tuesday evening, Loudoun County Public Schools will welcome spectators to a school board meeting for the first time since the noisy outbreak in June, when a meeting on a policy on transgender students was closed and evacuated and that a man was arrested.
Among the community members who should address the board is the leader of a new activist group called Loudoun 4 All. Rasha Saad said she launched the group to fight conservative misinformation and attempts to remove school board members with recalls.
Saad is a new face in the always crowded parking lot outside the school board’s administrative building.
âThese recalls are literally a removal of voters,â Saad said.
The recall attempts are the product of Fight For Schools, a political action committee led by conservative activist and former Trump administration employee Ian Prior.
Fight For Schools filed recall cases in court against several board members who were all Democrat-backed. While history suggests that pending recall cases are unlikely to end up in court, Saad said they have an impact outside the courts and influence voters.
âThe damage is going to be caused by the outcry of ‘Oh my God, we the people tried to remember and the courts are against us now and this is against us’, and that’s what it’s going to be. It’s just about elections and getting the vote, âSaad said.
Fight For Schools maintains the reminders are valid, telling News4 that “applying the law to hold government officials to account is the essence of representative democracy.”
Saad acknowledges that the Tory attempt to attack the school board has worked, at least to some extent. At each meeting, members marvel at the speakers.
Board member Ian Serotkin said public comments took too long when meetings regularly had more than 100 people.
He said this was delaying the work of the board and that he would propose changes to the public comments section on Tuesday that would limit comments at regular board meetings to just 20 people, selected by lot. among those who register.
He will also offer to add a brand new meeting every month, just for public comment time, with no limit on the number of speakers or the time they have.
It should be an interesting pitch in a board meeting that will be full for the first time in months.
News4 has contacted Serotkin, but an LCPS spokesperson said it would be inappropriate to comment on the proposal.