Loudoun County School Board member facing recall resigns

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Loudoun County School Board member facing recall resigns

A Loudoun County, Virginia, school board member who allegedly colluded with other school board members to push critical race theory has resigned following a parent-led recall petition seeking her removal.

Beth Barts announced on Friday that she would be stepping down, effective Nov. 2.

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"This was not an easy decision or a decision made in haste," Barts wrote on Facebook. "After much thought and careful consideration, it is the right decision for me and my family."

Ian Prior, executive director of Fight for Schools, applauded her decision but emphasized that the problems in Loudoun run deeper than one school board member.

"This could not have been an easy decision for Ms. Barts," Prior said in a statement. "We have made known our displeasure with her actions as a school board member over the past several months, but today she has done the right thing. Her former colleagues should take notice."

"We will continue to shine a light on Loudoun County Public Schools and will keep fighting until we have a school board of common sense, non-partisan members and a superintendent who is accountable to parents and tells the truth,” he continued.

Barts assumed office in 2020 and expected to serve a four-year term. Earlier this month, a circuit judge decided against dismissing an effort to recall her.

Prior cited her alleged involvement in a private Facebook group with other board members dedicated to pushing CRT into the curriculum, which allegedly violated Virginia's open meeting laws.

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“That Facebook group decided they were going to plot against parents that were opposed to curriculum in schools and how things were being taught and how parents were trying to open schools, and it created a rift in the community that we see today," Prior said.

Barts was previously reprimanded by the board for “unauthorized disclosure of confidential, attorney-client-privileged information” from a closed session.

Loudoun County has become the center of a nationwide conflict over issues such as CRT, which is an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systematic in the United States, mask mandates, and transgender students that has erupted between parents and school administrations. The embattled school system was accused this week of covering up the rape of a student by a boy wearing a skirt who entered the girls' restroom.

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