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Parents face off at Loudoun County school board meeting amid attempted recall of board members

This was the first time an audience could return for public comments since June.

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — Parents faced off at Loudoun County school board meeting Tuesday evening during the first meeting a public audience was allowed to attend for public comment since June.

Parents and activists from both sides of the aisle gave impassioned messages to the board with more than 60 people signing up for public comment. Among the comments to the board was a resounding message for board members to resign.

Two of its members currently have recall petitions filed against them by the political action committee Fight for Schools, which is spearheaded by conservative activist Ian Prior. 

The PAC filed a petition to attempt to remove Atoosa Reaser and School Board Chair Brenda Sheridan with possible plans to file petitions to remove Ian Serotkin and Denise Corbo as well.

"Parents in Loudoun County are done with the disrespect and dishonesty that has come from this school board, administration, and their small cadre of activist allies that seek to silence all opposing points of view," Prior said in a release.

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The call to remove board members fueled motivation for parents to create a new PAC called Loudoun 4 All.

"These recalls are undemocratic, they're subverting out votes. These officials were elected and put into these positions that they're in," Loudoun 4 All President Rasha Saad said.

“This sort of divisiveness is not our norm," Saad said. "That’s why I know for a fact the misinformation and the lies coming from outside forces is what’s causing this divisiveness.”

Saad said she believes it's time for parents to stand up to what she calls a misinformation campaign that is sowing anger and division.

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