Reid Expects Youngkin’s Attempt to Shorten School Board Terms to Fail

The Loudoun delegation to Richmond debriefed the School Board on its legislative agenda on Wednesday, and officials spoke out against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s attempt to cut short the terms of board members.

A bill sponsored by Del. David Reid (D-32) sought to make largely technical updates to legislation last year to implement staggered terms for Loudoun County School Board members. That bill passed the House of Delegates with a 100-0 vote, and the senate with a Senate with 39-0-1 vote, before Youngkin’s suggested amendment that would cut short those elected terms by one year, causing School Board elections both this year and next.

Reid reviewed the process that had originally been requested by the School Board with the Legislative and Policy Committee, and called Youngkin’s amendment “unconstitutional” and “nongermane.”

“I think what has happened is this has gone way beyond the political issues that were going on that the governor was using and has now really crossed the line and gotten into the undermining of democratic principles,” Reid said.

He said that his colleagues in the Democrat-controlled Senate assured him that the bill would not be supported in that chamber.

“Hopefully that will be the final outcome,” he said.

Many of the representatives brought up the polarized discourse surrounding education. Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-87) said he’s never seen education politicized in the way it is right now.

“I think it has had nothing but a negative effect so far on school systems, on parents, teachers and administrators,” Subramanyam said.

School Board Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) thanked the delegation for pursuing staggered terms for the School Board and criticized Youngkin’s proposed amendment.

“I think what we saw was the exact opposite, moving away from local control to the Governor’s control,” Morse said. “The School Board unanimously pushed back on that we do not support that. Obviously, the Loudon County electorate selected us to serve a four-year term and we intend to continue that, so thank you very much for that.”

If Youngkin’s amendment were to succeed, it would shorten the terms of seven elected public officials in a locality he lost by nearly 10 points. Two School Board seats are up for grabs on the 2022 ballot in a special election. Andrew Hoyler (Broad Run) will seek election to the seat he was appointed to in October 2021. Tom Marshall (Leesburg) was appointed to his seat in December 2021.

Last week news broke that a special grand jury had been impaneled in Attorney General Jason Miyares’ investigation into the School Board’s handling of a sexual assault scandal. The scandal invigorated an existing effort to remove progressive School Board members from office. The board members were also involved in a private Facebook group where, critics argue, they broke open door meetings laws.

Youngkin released a statement through Spokeswoman Macaulay Porter.

“The last few years signified some real challenges with the Loudoun County School Board. So, in the spirit of transparency and accountability, my Amendment gives parents the ability to elect their school board this year, one year earlier than it was stated in the original legislation. This election can reflect the will of parents and it’s a chance with my amendment to do that right now, this November.”

The proposed amendment and the special grand jury were heralded as wins for School Board critics. Youngkin’s office declined to be interviewed on the amendment. 

13 thoughts on “Reid Expects Youngkin’s Attempt to Shorten School Board Terms to Fail

  • 2022-04-22 at 3:10 pm

    OK.You claim to represent Loudoun in the state legislature. I’ll accept that as a fact if you actually make an effort to fix problems that negatively affect Loudoun residents rather than the normal partisan talking points and loyalty signaling. Are you going to challenge the legislature to ease up on the composite index which extracts hundreds of millions per year from what Loudoun should get back from sales tax proceeds intended to support our schools? IF not then all your partisan BS is just white noise in my humble opinion. 🙂

  • 2022-04-22 at 3:29 pm

    Youngkin has Desantis envy. He’s happy to trash everything if it advances his political ambitions. Man, did we ever make a mistake last November…

  • 2022-04-22 at 3:45 pm

    Seven people on Loudoun’s school board were duly elected to four-year terms. How dare Younking try to shorten their terms of office! I wish Youngkin would stop amending proposed legislation. He made a horrible amendment to an antibias bill that basically would allow folks to discriminate by weoponizing religion. He’s a horrible governor. On a brighter note, Happy Month of the Military Child Loudoun!

  • 2022-04-22 at 4:42 pm

    During typical local elections, only maybe 15% of voters are familiar with school board candidates. They ride on the coattails of the statewide and Supervisor offices. Youngkin’s amendment allows Loudoun voters to make an informed choice for schools which consume 70% of our local taxes. Let’s repeat. Schools consume 70% of local taxes but very few voters bother to investigate the candidates when statewide issues are a concern.

    Ever since the national newspapers educated Loudoun voters on LCPS problems that our local papers refused to address, voters and parents have called for reform. What better opportunity to obtain a mandate than this year? The incumbents should have a huge advantage in name recognition so it is odd they oppose this. With a re-elction, they could claim the support of Loudoun voters after they suppressed a rape on campus and barred students from school for nearly a year. Plus, there may be some SB members who are indicted and need a replacement by the fall.

    As for the prospects for this bill and the opposition of our state delegates, there appears to be support from at least one Democrat making this a bipartisan bill. Delegate Subramanyam appears proud of the falling test scores, LCPS banning Honors classes and firing of employees for personally speaking out on political issues. Maybe he needs to worry bout his own re-elction if he holds such un-American views.

  • 2022-04-22 at 4:52 pm

    Democrats are appallingly awful. For decades Democrats have been destroying public education from the inside out and, when parents FINALLY speak up, the Democrat response is “shut up, sit down, and go to the back of the school bus.”

    The School Board and LCPS’s behaviour is borderline evil, and they just don’t want to hear about it. Their response to the amendment just shows how much more we need it to pass so we can get rid of these people sooner rather than later.

    On the other side, it is the complete absurdity of Loudoun’s very own School Board’s actions that propelled Youngkin to governor and lit a fire that will burn all the way to November.

  • 2022-04-22 at 6:16 pm

    So the short and skinny of it is, Loudoun’s delegation to the House of Delegates and State Senate are more concerned with protecting their fellow leftist Democrats who have managed to unite a lot of Loudoun parents… some of whom vote Democrat, some of whom vote Republican… against the school board and its actions.

    Time to bounce these bozos in the next election too.

  • 2022-04-22 at 10:48 pm

    WAIT. . You mean to yell me that a D objected to something that an R put forward.

  • 2022-04-23 at 6:18 am

    Erickson expects Youngkin’s attempt to pass both the HOD and Senate!

  • 2022-04-23 at 3:55 pm

    “I think it has had nothing but a negative effect so far on school systems, on parents, teachers and administrators,” Subramanyam said.”

    Supporting and enabling sexual predators to roam our schools assaulting girls, like the current administration and democrat politicians are doing will tend to upset folks.

  • 2022-04-24 at 3:28 am

    Most of the Senators I have talked with in recent days agree that Youngkin’s attempt will pass the Senate 21-19. People now leave Loudoun County because of the schools before Reid and friends they used to move here, you know when our schools were the best in the country. Lowering the standards be it admissions or academic neither bodes well for our students. Morse will be gone and is fighting for his time on the school board, Reid would have been gone if the candidate running against him last election was not such a weak man. Voting party line when children’s education is hanging in the balance is political suicide. Clean house now and save the grief the current school board will cause will another 2 years making bad decisions.

  • 2022-04-25 at 6:26 am

    “Thwarting the will of the people?”

    “Sending the message that local elections can be arbitrarily changed by a governor?”

    That’s your best logic?

    Governor Youngkin proposed an amendment. You may not like the amendment. You may disagree with the intent of the amendment. That’s fair.

    But a governor submitting an amendment to a bill that then has to be voted upon and approved by the House of Delegates and the Senate, who are elected by the people to represent them in our legislative body, is not “thwarting the will of the people” or “arbitrarily changing local elections by the governor.”

    That’s the governor offering an amendment to a bill. That happens all the time and is part of our legislative process.

    What thwarts the will of the people, and arbitrarily gets around our General Assembly, is the use of executive orders to accomplish that which the General Assembly has specifically not supported.

    Mandating change from the executive office is something democrats do all the time when they can’t get bi-partisan support from the legislative body. Look no further than all the Biden / democrat COVID mandates that shutdown our economy, caused businesses to close, people to lose their jobs, and have ended up causing the price of gas, food, and everything else, to go through the roof.

    Here in our state, look no further than recent democratic governors Northam and McAuliffe, who particularly loved “executive orders.”

    The General Assembly, the people’s representatives, will have a chance to vote on Governor’s Youngkin’s amendment. It’s just a part of the process. It’s not an executive order.

    But democrats love to make everything a crisis. That’s how they get power and hold onto it.

    Loudoun County don’t fall prey to democrat over-dramatization. Reject it and the democrat party it comes from.

  • 2022-04-25 at 10:41 am

    Do the liberals not see that their policies have ruined public education in this country? Rather than focusing on teaching our kids how to read, write, math, and basic civics and history (and yes, including the bad history), they wants to raise a generation of social justice warriors; more obsessed on educating our vulnerable kids on matters that won’t get them ready for the real world except for voting blue. We are teaching our kids that if you don’t put in the work, rather than failing which will have consequences, they get a do-over, and then another do-over. We are teaching our kids that being frail and thin-skinned is “okay.” We are supporting our kids with the latest “trends” around pronouns and changing gender, when in actuality, a very small percentage really want to go down that path, whereas the rest of the 99% think it’s the “cool” thing to do right now. We are teaching our kids that they don’t need to listen to or respect our teachers and others with authority.

    Who do we blame for all of this? Easy, the voters. The voters who don’t think local elections matter. The voters who only vote based on name recognition versus understanding the issues and policies that those running for elected office stand for. Shame on us, including me. But now that I have two kids, you better believe I will be studying up on our local elective members. The current school board — disaster. They are trying to make a utopia in the schools where every child’s needs and wants are met versus ensuring the core basics of what public education must be are actually taught and that our educators/schools are given the resources to do what they are supposed to be doing.

    The schools in this county make up a huge chunk in county budget, which is paid for by the residents and businesses of this area. Why is that? Because we have incompetent leaders running the show. They add more headache to our educators/schools by passing more policies that every school and teacher must implement so that a child feels “welcomed” and “safe” no matter how small the minority of population those kids make up. As a result, more costs to implement with more burden on our educators.

    We need school board members that will scale back these “social justice” causes and policies. We need members who will go back to the drawing board and make sure our kids can read, write, and solve a math problem. Why is that so difficult?

    Enough is enough. Time to take back our schools with real members that TRULY care about education and getting our children ready to be successful in the real world. TIME TO GET OUT THE VOTE LOUDOUN. DO NOT SIT OUT THESE ELECTIONS. Otherwise, well, you see in real time what is happening to this county with the BoS and the School Board.

  • 2022-04-30 at 9:42 am

    The same legislators who refused the opportunity to clear the deck and avoid the stain of continued court cases are the same legislators who passed the original law relieving LCPS from having to report assaults, including sexual assaults, to law enforcement. They did this at the same time they opened restrooms according to “self identity”. It’s not only the school board that needs a clean sweep!

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