Removal Petition Filed Against School Board Chairwoman

Fight for Schools, the group leading the removal effort against School Board members, filed a petition in Circuit Court on Tuesday for the removal of Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling).

Organizers said they filed petitions with 1,859 signatures of Sterling district voters seeking to remove the three-term member.

Sheridan came under fire for her involvement in a private Facebook group, “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” where some members allegedly sought to compile lists of individuals opposed to the district’s racial equity efforts. Fight for Schools participants contend that involvement in the private group violated open-door meeting laws for elected officials. Critics also claim that Sheridan has limited the free speech rights of constituents, as she adjourned the June 22 public comment session early after a crowd of speakers criticizing the board for its progressive social policies failed to comply with the meeting conduct policies.

“As Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan has overseen and personally contributed to a complete breakdown in trust between the community and the Loudoun County School Board. From violating open meetings law to ignoring the school board’s code of conduct to neglecting to keep our children safe, all for her activist causes, Sheridan has been nothing short of a disaster as the so-called leader of Loudoun County Public Schools,” Fight for Schools Executive Director Ian Prior said in a statement. 

A removal petition had previously been filed against Beth Barts (Leesburg), who resigned on Nov. 2 after her family received threats. Barts was also involved in the private Facebook group. The removal case against her is now moot.

Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian), Denise Corbo (At-Large), and Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) are also facing a removal efforts; Fight for Schools representatives said they have met the signature threshold to file petitions for all three, but has not yet decided whether to file them with the court.

To remove an elected official in Virginia, a petition must gather the number of signatures of registered voters in the official’s constituency that is equal to 10% of the votes cast in the election that appointed the official to their seat. Once a petition is filed in Circuit Court, it is reviewed by a judge. If the case is accepted, the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office prosecutes the case. The official is entitled to a trial prior to a removal verdict being reached. 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj was disqualified from prosecuting the Barts case. Judge Jeannette A. Irby stated that, because Biberaj is facing a removal effort involving some of the same participants involved in the Fight for Schools effort, the public may never fully trust the due process was delivered in the case. 

24 thoughts on “Removal Petition Filed Against School Board Chairwoman

  • 2021-11-09 at 8:16 pm
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    I doubt this will happen, but it would be great to see.

  • 2021-11-09 at 9:56 pm
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    Why step-down and save tax payers the expenses. It’s not like any of them care about Loundouners.

  • 2021-11-10 at 2:19 am
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    Brenda Sheridan has devoted 10 years of her life to LCPS. She’s won three elections. As far as I know, she’s the first woman to chair LCSB. (I could be wrong on that one.) Fight For Schools members can’t hold a candle to her. I think they’ve met their match with Brenda Sheridan. You mess with her — yes, indeed FFS you’ll have a fight on your hands. She’s beloved by many. For whatever reason, Beth Barts was a lightning rod. Though she had a large base of support, in the end she was hounded out of office. Try it with Brenda, FFS. Her supporters are ready to rumble.

    • 2021-11-10 at 11:42 am
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      I this not about her base. 10% of her base already signed the petition. Now it’s up to a judge. I would assume the county prosecutor will again be recused

    • 2021-11-10 at 12:53 pm
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      Timmy, have you no compassion?

      Did you see the academic growth scores presented on Tuesday? And espcially the Hispanic students from Sterling? Brenda voted to keep those students on virtual house arrest preventing them from receiving any type of appropriate educaton. She has been an utter failure to the kids and to her stated goals.

      If she had any kind of integrity, she would resign so as to protect the LCPS kids. Surely, you cannot sit idly by and watch as Brenda destroys 1000s more previous lives!

    • 2021-11-10 at 1:55 pm
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      Her supporters no longer matter. It is in the Court’s hands now.

    • 2021-11-10 at 4:18 pm
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      That sounds suspiciously like a threat of violence. Those supporting this recall should be afforded FBI protection.

    • 2021-11-10 at 5:58 pm
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      Did you even read the complaint. She violated Virginia law which requires open hearings and not private discussions on policy. She has abrogated the rights of Loudoun citizens to speak at hearings. Stop being an apologist for her and her fellow members illegal behavior. Had this been a conservative oriented chair person you would be screaming for their blood.

  • 2021-11-10 at 5:20 am
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    Any school board who voted to shut down the public comments needs to relived from the board.
    They get paid and test scores have dropped especially for minority students although the increased school budget was spent.
    She can claim a mandate and she is doing this for the children but it is not believable.
    Disinfectant is needed for the school board, her removal is another step towards sanity in our schools!

  • 2021-11-10 at 9:39 am
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    Press on! The entire school board needs to be recalled and Ziegler must be fired. As another commenter pointed out, Loudoun County Public Schools may one day be known as “The Epstein Archipelago” and the parents and children of the county deserve something better.

    The school board and administration is filled with ideologues who want to impose their agenda regardless of the harm to school children. And they expect county residents to fund their harmful schemes and shut up about it.

  • 2021-11-10 at 10:40 am
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    Are there *any* Democratic voters in the Fight for Schools group? Of course not, this is just people out of power trying to bring down anyone else until they can get back into power. We should, as a society, ignore these people who’d use our kids to further their political agenda.

  • 2021-11-10 at 10:51 am
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    Realize we are laughed at not just here in Loudoun because of the school board but statewide, nationwide and worldwide, we are ridiculed because of the actions by Sheridan and her lackeys on the School Board. Her weight advantage does not scare me, Let’s get it on!

    • 2021-11-11 at 10:47 am
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      Norge – I was recently working with a guy from Oklahoma while in Boston. He knew about the drama at LCPS and said we were a laughing stock.

  • 2021-11-10 at 4:09 pm
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    Brenda has had her time now it is time to go and get someone who will represent what the people want. LCPS has become a laughing stock and is in the news way too much. I feel for the parents who have kids in LCPS. The SOL;s are down, enrollment is down, no more student ranking. The schools are not preparing our children to compete in a competitive world.

  • 2021-11-10 at 4:16 pm
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    Have those advocating for removal of School Board members taken into account the monumental cost of litigation to do so? I suspect they know full well what they are doing.

    Shall we start recall petitions against every elected official with whom we disagree?

    • 2021-11-10 at 8:49 pm
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      Only those who have broken the law. Or failed to uphold their oath.

      It’s adorable that someone who supports the LoCo school admin and board is suddenly concerned with costs.

  • 2021-11-10 at 5:21 pm
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    Don’t let the loudest, most ignorant members of the community intimidate the school board or dictate curricula!

    • 2021-11-10 at 8:50 pm
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      I’m pretty sure that’s how we got here in the first place.

      Glass houses, throwing stones… etc, etc, etc.

  • 2021-11-10 at 6:42 pm
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    Soooo, you “conservatives” going to threaten to kill her kids like you did with Beth Barts?

  • 2021-11-11 at 10:01 am
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    It will never cease to amaze me that parents didn’t mobilize after children were slaughtered at Sandy Hook and Parkland. But the fantasy that children are being taught concepts based on critical race theory and “Marxism” mobilizes them to taunt officials about collecting 2,000 signatures that took them MONTHS to get and terrorize public officials by threatening them and their children with harm. It’s truly mind-boggling the gullibility and mean-spiritedness of these people.

    Glenn Youngkin LOST Loudoun. By a large margin. The only reason these people are going for stupid recalls is they know they cannot beat the incumbent LCPS board offices in an actual election.

    Shame on them. They are absolutely revolting.

    • 2021-11-11 at 12:30 pm
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      In reality BigDaddy, parents did mobilize against the Broward School superintendent and school board. Specifically for their disastrous policies that allowed the Parkland murderer to continue being a presence in the school system, despite years of warnings about him. Even after 50 plus LE encounters, a tip to the FBI the week prior warning that he wanted to kill people, and constantly moving him around the system, when he should have been institutionalized. Everybody knew the murderer was a bomb waiting to go off, yet the school system kept him in to prey on students. How’d that turn out?

      Even after that, the democrat establishment machine in Broward fought off the parents to preserve their power. Democrats blindly voted “D” even though those polices continue to threaten their own
      kids in school.

      What’s “absolutely revolting” is Sheridan, and her cabal of sexual predator enablers lied to you, to me, and everyone else in Loudoun, and then let another sexual assault happen. They knew. They all knew. They all need to go.

  • 2021-11-11 at 4:08 pm
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    Parents should pray that Loundon County School Board members be fired and the neighboring county school board members be pursued. Let this be an example that parents should never be silenced and treat with such disrespect. And to stage it with the media against them was horrifying.

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