School Board Declines to Discuss Sanctions Requested by Equity Committee

The Loudoun County School Board on Tuesday voted not to consider a request from its Equity Committee to remove John Beatty (Catoctin) from serving on that panel and strip him of his chairmanship of the board’s Discipline Committee.

The Equity Committee made the requests March 5, days after comments Beatty made during a School Board sensitivity training exercise sparked controversy.

The Equity Committee’s requests had been scheduled for review during last week’s board meeting, but that was postposed as that session ran late into the night. 

When the item was reached on last night’s meeting agenda, Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) evoked a rarely used parliamentary tool to object to its consideration.

After a review of Roberts Rules of Order by Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling), the board voted on Serotkin’s nondebatable motion, which required a two-thirds majority to strike the item.  

The board voted 8-1 to not bring it up for discussion. Sheridan, who chairs the Equity Committee, case the lone vote against that action.

4 thoughts on “School Board Declines to Discuss Sanctions Requested by Equity Committee

  • 2020-05-21 at 4:58 pm
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    It’s hard to believe that 8 school board members or that any school board member would vote to eliminate the opportunity for conversation just because the topic might be difficult to address. It’s an even more striking revelation when the complaint comes from the Ad Hoc Committee on Equity and the complaint is against of the school board members on the committee. The opportunity for discourse is key to the opportunity to learn, a fact that this school board seems to be unaware of. The failure of this school board to address this complaint in a timely fashion is another issue not lost upon the local community members that were instrumental in the formation of the equity committee. It’s simple, the complaint deserved to be heard as any complaint coming to any group of elected officials. This action by Mr. Serotkin , only adds to the polarization of the community and the lack of respect for their voices. The Commonwealth promises a free and fair public education for all children. Is it fair that complaints cannot be heard against those charged with providing the environment to achieve a positive outcome for all. As one of a few in the community who has attended a session for equity training provided to teachers by the school administrators, I can tell you that it can get emotional but it has been caring and informative. The worse thing to happen is when comments are made that offend and then never get reconciled. This issue will not go away until it has been properly addressed.

  • 2020-05-26 at 1:28 am
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    How I wish I had never read this disgusting story. It makes me ashamed that such an ignorant, racist person is on the School Board of my county. And it is infuriating that a school board member used a parliamentary trick to put an end to any meaningful discussion or opportunity for redress. I demand that John Beatty resign. If he won’t resign, I would suggest that the County sideline him while he gets some reeducation. Judging by his remarks, he will have to begin at third grade.

  • 2020-05-28 at 1:41 am
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    These two fools above don’t appear to understand what has been going on. The motion to censure John Beatty was so frivolous that it was not even worthy of consideration. Anybody could see that but these wannabe shakedown artists. They are just letting them blow off some steam and voice their crazy ideas before moving on to real work. Does anybody in the equity committee even have a clue?

  • 2020-05-31 at 1:11 am
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    I don’t think it’s a frivolous matter that John Beatty, who chairs the School Board’s Discipline Committee and sits on its Select Committee on Equity, made statements during an Equity training session (which was a public forum) and in a subsequent discussion with a member of the public that “It was worse for African Americans after reconstruction because they did not have the patronage of a master.”
    The sentiment in that statement betrays a white-washed view of the true inhumanity of slavery. It shows a lack of educated awareness for someone on the Select Committee who should have such educational awareness and sensitivity. Further, for someone to consider “patronage” of a master as some type of benevolent benefit is entirely the wrong-headed type of values for someone who is charged with matters of discipline in our schools (which already show evidence of disciplinary inequity to minorities).
    Because of John Beatty’s backward views, he should not hold positions where he can affect or enact policies that would be tainted with this bigotry and negatively affect the diverse families in LCPS. The only way to remediate this situation is to have the public discussion that was denied or to accept Mr. Beatty’s lack of fitness to serve. You cannot simply ignore the issue that it has raised, claiming that per Robert’s Rules of Order it has been asked and answered.
    Not discussing racism will not make it go away or LCPS any better.

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