Just when you think the school board in Loudoun can’t possibly become any more arrogant and dismissive, they outdo themselves once again. During their meeting yesterday they barred the public from entering the building for any reason. It is a public building, bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Loudoun County.
The meeting, held to vote on policy 8040 that will allow transgender boys to be in girls’ restrooms and locker rooms and the teaching of Critical Race Theory, went on for well over 4 hours before the board delayed any vote until this evening. The meeting will reconvene today at 5:30.
Meanwhile, the public and those waiting to address the board on these new policies had to stand outside in heat reaching 100 degrees and were banned from entering the building to cool down or even to use the restrooms. When a thunderstorm struck the area they were not permitted to seek shelter in that public building owned by the county. Only the press and 10 people at a time, who had signed up to address the board, were allowed in that public building that our tax dollars pay for.
Also, at last night’s meeting a 5th-grade teacher in Loudoun schools, Laura Morris, quit her job because she will not push the schools’ political agenda. She said in part,
“Within the last year, I was told in one of my so-called equity trainings that White, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and ‘this has to change,’” teacher Laura Morris said during the public comment period of the board meeting.
“Clearly, you’ve made your point. You no longer value me or many other teachers you’ve employed in this county. So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you.”
“School board, I quit,” she said. Choking up, she added: “I quit your policies, I quit your training, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas to our most vulnerable constituents – children.”
Morris had been told she was not permitted to express dissenting views, in school or out of school. A film of her remarks to the school board can be viewed at the bottom of this Tweet: