May 25, 2022

Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin proposes amendment reforming school board election procedures

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin was arguably elected in response to the terrible things being permitted and pushed by the Loudoun County School Board. Now he’s requiring a reckoning for what they’ve done.

Youngkin proposed an amendment to move elections up by a year and require all nine members to stand for election, the Washington Examiner reported. The governor did so to force members to face up to failures like keeping schools closed during the pandemic and mishandling sexual assault claims.  

Without the amendment, the Loudoun Board of Elections would have the election in November 2023. Five members of the board would be elected to two-year terms, and four would be serving for four years.

Instead, Youngkin wants to give the people a chance to vote on the whole slate of board members at once.  “The last few years just absolutely signified some real challenges with the Loudoun County School Board,” Youngkin said in an interview with Nick Minock on WJLA-TV.

“And so in the spirit of transparency and accountability, my Amendment gives parents the ability to elect their school board,” the governor added. The spotlight exposing the rot in the schools landed on Loudoun County in a roundabout way.

A parent, whose daughter was one of the victims sexually assaulted by a boy wearing a skirt in a school bathroom, was arrested after making a scene at a school board, the New York Post reported. This was the impetus for the government to label outraged parents as domestic terrorists.

However, rather than just an irate parent, it turned out to be the father of one of the victims who was outraged that the student was simply moved to another school where he would offend again. This began the calls for the board members’ ousters and became the issue that propelled Youngkin into office.

The Loudoun County School Board needs to pay for the crimes and misdeeds they permitted under their watch. It’s arguable that Youngkin would not be in office had the people on the board done their jobs and protected these children, and he’s repaying voters by making good on promises to get them out.

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