Loudoun County, Virginia, makes the news yet again, this time due to a father attempting to run for the county school board.
Michael Rivera called the board “toxic” in an interview with Ainsley Earhardt on Fox & Friends on Wednesday and said that he is running as a means of taking action against the board.
The Loudoun County School Board (LCSB) has repeatedly been in the news, mostly as the subject of intense criticism for its handling of critical race theory (CRT), mask mandates, and even accusations that it deliberately covered up cases of sexual assault by a gender-fluid teen against female students.
When asked about the LCSB and why the board is “so liberal,” or “beholden to teacher’s unions,” Rivera declined to speculate on the board’s exact motivations. Rivera did, however mention that the intrusion of political agendas into the classroom is clearly an issue, and wants a return to a neutral sort of academics:
“I just know that we need to absolutely get back to pure academics and really care about what the children want as opposed to what political forces are driving,”
He also criticized an attitude of complacency, which is what led him to make the decision to run himself:
“A lot of us sit around and we complain about what’s going on in the government and local government and all sorts of other political actions, and we don’t ever really get out of our comfort zone and do something.”
The issue goes beyond Loudoun itself, and the drama associated with LCSB is in some ways a microcosm for the overall culture battle in the United States, as Rivera noted:
“We’ve got to do something. This is the life of our child. This is the life of the children in Loudoun County. And, as you can see, this is a trend that is across the entire United States.”
The drama in Loudoun seems to be a black hole that continuously expands, and sucks more and more individuals and organizations into its orbit. The recent allegations regarding a cover-up of at least one sexual assault saw students walking out en masse, and have drawn calls from former Attorney Generals in Virginia for a state investigation into the LCSB.
In addition, the LCSB is accused of holding illegal, closed meetings in order to avoid having to deal with irate parents, prompting a lawsuit by some parents against the LCSB. There has been plenty of coverage over the suspension of one gym teacher for his Christian beliefs, while another issued an impassioned plea against the LCSB’s agenda while resigning in protest during a public board meeting.
The battle has drawn major donors on both sides, with George Soros sending $659,000 to a prosecutor bringing charges against the dad of an assaulted teen, who was arrested for “disorderly conduct” and resisting arrest during his stormy confrontation with the LCSB during a meeting. Groups opposed to CRT such as the Free to Learn Coalition have produced $500,000 ads targeting the LCSB and its policies.
Regardless of the outcome of Rivera’s candidacy for the board, Loudoun County is sure to stay in the headlines for the foreseeable future.
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