Letter: Bill Drennan, South Riding

Editor:  Jessica Berg’s letter mischaracterizes the recall of School Board members Brenda Sheridan and Atoosa Reaser, perpetuates the big lie about Critical Race Theory, disparages the motives of parents, and asserts a morality superior to parents whose taxes pay her salary and fund the schools.

Ms. Berg claims a “small group of … ill-informed” parents is making her job “infinitely more frustrating.” Wrong. Parents are fully informed about what’s happening in school. They’re outraged that some teachers are making their job as parents “infinitely more frustrating” by supplanting education with indoctrination.

She protests that teachers like her “are professionals and always have the best interest of our students at heart,” claiming special expertise because she “actually talk[s]” to students “every day.” Wrong again. Parents are the true professionals, their children’s first teachers, living with, talking with, and raising their kids 24/7/365, not just during a 50-minute English class. 

Ms. Berg says Sheridan and Reaser as “dedicated public servants.” She is right that they are dedicated—to an agenda anathema to parents of all political persuasions. But she is wrong to label them “public servants.” Genuine public servants do not:

  • Treat public schools as their private property.
  • Conspire behind internet anonymity to demean and attempt to silence parents who oppose their radical agenda.
  • Approve of books graphically depicting pedophilia and homosexuality, labeling parents who object “homophobic” and “transphobic”.
  • Cover up sexual assaults to ram through the anti-female 8040 policy, privileging a small minority suffering from gender dysphoria, dismissing the rights of biological females to privacy in bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, free of biological males.
  • Front-load agents provocateur to speak at board meetings to incite parents opposing the 8040 policy (“the hate dripping from the followers of Jesus,” in the words of one such plant), then shutting down the meeting over its “lack of decorum.”

It is pure gaslighting for Ms. Berg to assert that CRT “does not exist” in Loudoun’s public schools. No matter what color lipstick you put on the CRT pig – “culturally responsive training,” “social-emotional learning,” “cultural competence,” “implicit bias,” ” DIE training” – it is CRT by another name with the same beliefs and jargon, oriented toward racial division. 

Fight For Schools has receipts exposing the lie. LCPS spent $422,000 on the Equity Collaborative, a firm specializing in CRT, to devise a “LCPS Comprehensive Equity Plan.” Then-superintendent Eric Williams said in the firm’s initial report, “I am committed to dedicating the resources necessary to address issues of equity by further developing strategic actions [and] engaging outside expertise….” You would be correct if you guessed that the firm possessing the necessary “outside expertise” is the firm that wrote the report. Williams then departed, leaving behind mandatory training of teachers and staff to inculcate the precepts of CRT. To object is to jeopardize your career. Ask Tanner Cross.

How much money did LCPS leadership squander attempting to deny Cross’s First Amendment rights? How much did they waste in appealing their loss in local courts to Virginia’s Supreme Court, only to lose again? How much did they pay to investigate the cover-up of sexual assaults, then refuse to release the report? Does anyone believe that the superintendent would withhold the report if it exonerated him?

Regardless of the outcome of the recall efforts, parents are awake to “woke-ness.” They are not backing down. The old guard sowed the wind. They are now reaping the whirlwind.

Bill Drennan, South Riding

12 thoughts on “Letter: Bill Drennan, South Riding

  • 2022-01-24 at 8:11 pm
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    The writer throws so much mud at LCPS, hoping something will stick. But nothing can justify the harassment being imposed upon Brenda & Atoosa. The harpies abused Leslee King to a degree that’s difficult to forgive. They shouldn’t be allowed to do the same thing to Brenda & Atoosa. P.S. — The writer repeats the canard that Trans-inclusive restrooms in LCPS were the result of Policy 8040. False! Such restrooms were mandated a year earlier due to a 4th Circuit ruling. Please give it a break!

  • 2022-01-24 at 8:13 pm
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    Ms. Berg is a self-appointed moral and intellectual superior set on educating the great unwashed to send their children to public schools. Ms. Berg drank the Kool-Aid and now feels divinely mandated to sell it to everyone else. She and her friends are “pro-choice” assuming you always submit to her choice.

    • 2022-02-01 at 4:08 pm
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      is the Kool-Aid Ms. Berg drank worse than the Kool-Aid you and your like minded friends drank? It always fascinates me to see how people will defend evil minded people and justify their behaviour.

  • 2022-01-24 at 9:13 pm
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    Thank you, Mr. Drennan. We parents have indeed awakened — for the very reasons you listed. I, too, am sick of the “we don’t teach CRT” mantra. The garbage books. The low standards. And the gaslighting. But the tide is turning as more parents and taxpayers realize we’ve been played for fools. Keep up the good work in helping expose the truth!

  • 2022-01-25 at 10:49 am
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    We need a weekly magazine with Julie Sisson and Bill Drennan! BTW vote Creal French for Chair!

  • 2022-01-25 at 11:20 am
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    The original mudslinger requesting that those with whom he disagrees stop throwing mud at those with whom he agrees. Priceless.

  • 2022-01-26 at 3:40 pm
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    The money needs to follow the child. These neanderthal government schools need to fade into the dustbin of history.

  • 2022-01-27 at 2:04 pm
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    Mr. Drennan’s histrionic letter ignores a few simple facts:

    1) CRT is not, in fact, being taught in LCPS schools. Arguably it probably should be — the hysteria around it including Mr. Drennan’s own fragility concerning the matter is proof enough of that. But if anything, Virginia educators have been criticized for “teaching to the test,” namely the SOLs. Nowhere in the SOLs will you find anything about CRT or anything like it. I, and most people in the state, are now very interested in seeing that these concepts ARE in fact incorporated in age-appropriate ways. But obviously that won’t happen now for another four years.

    2) Mr. Drennan has clearly over estimated the amount of support for the recall efforts. It took Fight for Schools MONTHS to get 10% of the electorate to sign the petition. You cannot recall duly elected officials for policy differences. Their presence in a Facebook group does not rise to the level of violating open meetings laws. The election itself was plenty evidence of this — Youngkin lost by a wide margin in Loudoun and neighboring counties. Northern Virginia rejected him. And as we’ve seen in his first two weeks in office, for very good reasons. The man appears to be grossly incompetent. NEVER elect a businessman to run government. Sheesh.

    3) Mr. Drennan’s whiny protests about “woke” culture paint a caricature of a whiner. While it’s duly noted that an old white guy who was a military aide to Reagan is sick and tired of all this race talk already, the fact that he couldn’t even muster 40% of the vote in his humiliating defeat running for the House of Delegates should have served as a clue that his views are out of step with the values of Loudoun County voters. He should give it a rest already.

    • 2022-02-01 at 4:12 pm
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      Wow! the Kool-Aid you and your friends drink must be awfully powerful to cause blindness of the obvious!

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