Reaser, VA Dems Call on Youngkin to Tone Down Rhetoric

During a virtual meeting for Virginia Democrats this morning, Loudoun School Board Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian) called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin to tone down his party’s divisive rhetoric about schools ahead of his planned campaign rally this evening at the school division’s administration building.

“Being a leader means focusing on what actually matters, not things that stoke fear and drive people to be divisive,” Reaser said.

Alongside Democrat Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker and Virginia Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-72), Reaser praised the work of Loudoun’s School Board over the course of the past year. She lauded the formation of the mental health task force to aid students in the transition back to school, the food delivery program to feed students throughout the pandemic, and the stipends given to front-line educators and staff members.

Reaser and her fellow board members have endured months of turbulence, with last week’s School Board meeting leading to chaos. During the public comment session, speakers excoriated the School Board for the district’s equity work and proposed protections for transgender students. Board Members ended the public comment session early after repeated warnings against outbursts by the crowd. Superintendent Scott Ziegler had deputies clear the boardroom. Several people were detained by deputies and one man was arrested. 

Reaser stressed that conspiracy theories surrounding the district’s equity work are divisive and use families and students as political pawns. She said that School Board members have received death threats, and these security concerns detract from the role of schools in the district.

“We have a common goal across our board and across our county, and that’s the best interest of the kids. So, I would ask leadership to unite under that umbrella,” Reaser said.

At an event in Loudoun this evening, Youngkin plans to reveal the first phase of his education plan for the commonwealth. Swecker urged Youngkin to acknowledge the severity of the situation in Loudoun, where KKK fliers were tossed in driveways of some Loudoun homes last week. 

“I think he needs to find a backbone and work to tone down this mob mentality and address the KKK being in Fairfax and Loudoun,” Swecker said.

Youngkin’s campaign will hold an event this evening at 6:30 p.m outside the Loudoun Public Schools Administration Building in Broadlands.

24 thoughts on “Reaser, VA Dems Call on Youngkin to Tone Down Rhetoric

  • 2021-06-30 at 3:09 pm
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    Fat chance Youngkin or any other GOP has a chance to win an election. The GOP has shown itself to be anti American, full of liars and really stupid people on all levels. My mom, who voted GOP for most of her 80 years will never vote for a GOP candidate again. She is livid at how the GOP lied about the CV crisis, the January 6 insurrection, the 2020 election fraud, the changing of laws around the country to make it harder to vote. She and her sisters are done with the GOP; that is at least 4 lost votes there and now they are working to convince other friends and relatives to not ever vote GOP again. Good luck, Youngkin, you are barking up the wrong tree.

  • 2021-06-30 at 3:33 pm
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    The answer to the current problem is for the LCPS School Board to resign.

  • 2021-06-30 at 3:57 pm
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    Ms Reeser and Va Dems don’t support freedom of speech. I find it interesting that the first speakers were inflammatory and they were Dems.

    Don’t assume that the folks speaking were all Republicans. Some are getting politically engage and even some are Democrats.

  • 2021-06-30 at 4:13 pm
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    Reeser and her cohorts in crime create a mess and call on republicans including Youngkin to smooth over their horrible policies, ain’t going to happen!

    • 2021-07-28 at 10:26 am
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      So you would rather things stay “a mess”, than for someone who can fix it regardless of party… sim[ply because the need is coming from a Democrat? Super immature and very petty of you.

  • 2021-06-30 at 4:15 pm
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    “Being a leader means focusing on what actually matters, not things that stoke fear and drive people to be divisive,” Reaser said.”

    Radical leftists always accuse others of exactly what they’re doing. Always.

    • 2021-07-28 at 10:28 am
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      I couldn’t agree with you more, and I’ll add that the Conservative twits always accuse the radical left of the very things that they themselves are guilty of.

  • 2021-06-30 at 4:23 pm
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    Pretty funny article for something so blatantly a Dem campaign advisory. Which is divisive–terrifying girls by putting boys in their locker room and bathroom, or letting the public know that is what’s happening? People applauding after a speaker speaks–that’s an outburst worthy of police action. Harassing diners, rioting, looting, burning down businesses… that’s just peaceful protesting. And conspiracy theories? How about the conspiracy theory of the KKK being in Loudoun and Fairfax? Zero evidence of any actual KKK involvement in flyers that would make no sense for the KKK to distribute. But hoaxers know they will get wall-to-wall coverage if they make it look like the KKK is harassing people. This is a good example of the media being willfully played.

  • 2021-06-30 at 4:41 pm
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    Why don’t you concentrate on teaching the children our normal curriculum instead of TELLING THEM WHAT TO THINK and Youngkin wouldn’t have to address CRT in Virginia.

  • 2021-06-30 at 5:25 pm
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    If Reaser, the school board and Virginia Dems did their job appropriately there would be no need for Younkin to hold a rally. You could have avoided this has you done your jib. Interesting how you failed to do your job and you blame someone for pointing it out. Instead you should be disappointed in yourselves. Shame on all of you!!

  • 2021-06-30 at 5:36 pm
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    Tone it down? How about toughen up! Everyone I know was ready to vote for pro-Trump conservative Amanda Chase until the GOP establishment handed us this no-name RINO like from up on high. We’re not voting for this wimp. It’s Amanda Chase for the write-in and the win, and the ONLY way for conservatives to win is for everyone to do the same!

  • 2021-06-30 at 6:08 pm
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    Why do we give these people with the KKK flyers the time of day? They are pitiful misguided people; but, what’s the crime? Littering? What do you want Youngkin to say? That the KKK are pitiful misguided people? Ok. That has absolutely nothing to do with how awful the school board has been during the past 15 months. That’s what Youngkin is coming to town today for. The D’s lumping in this KKK garbage is just their way to deflect from what an awful job the dem controlled school board has done.

    • 2021-07-28 at 10:32 am
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      It’s like when the crazy Con (conservatives) artists tried to lump LGBTQ issues (trans rights) in with critical race theory… it was amazing to watch the contortion involved in that situation, so I 100% see where you’re coming from deflecting from one issue by pinning it to a different issue.

  • 2021-06-30 at 7:36 pm
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    Typical do as I say not what I do from Reaser when it comes to leadership. The LCSB is first to criticize others when it can’t do its job. You do not have the best interest of Loudoun kids. So what there’s KKK fliers in Loudoun, they’re a lot less frequent than the fliers from retail establishments that are put on windshields and stuffed in mailboxes, and they’re all legal. Its just another ploy to distract from the LCPS board shortcomings in leadership and directing the education of LCPS students. All LCPS board desires is to indoctrinate LCPS students in Marxist, socialist, and communist principals, flavored with gender confusion.

  • 2021-06-30 at 8:08 pm
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    So how did that work for you Atoosa. You hide and let the journalists do your dirty work instead of engaging. Youngkin called out every member from the board of education on down and especially Ziegler!

    • 2021-07-28 at 10:38 am
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      lol… please stop. Y’all just can’t help yourselves. You claim to do your research, but if you did you wouldn’t say things and omit the rest of it. So it should have been: Founded in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for Black Americans. Around 100 years ago, Democrats and Republicans switched their political stances. … and the KKK followed their party and have continued to be the mascot for the GOP.

  • 2021-07-01 at 9:19 am
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    As a veteran, it is alarming to have a partisan school board that listens to some and alienates others. I never saw a school board mock parents and Republicans so openly before.

    I believe this is a civil rights matter at this point, as well as human rights. Parents should not be discriminated against by who they vote for. It is PUBLIC Education and intentionally is supposed to be NONPARTISAN.

    I will continue to listen to Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and even nonvoters when it comes to Equity. To do the opposite is literally inequitable. I do not feel that one political party should feel entitled to dominate the narrative and look forward to a UNITED school system that spends less time judging people and more time listening to them.

    The arrogance is getting old, do better and be better. EVERY student matters, no matter who their parents voted for. Stop the scapegoating. Start the public town halls and learn to coexist as mature adults. Pettiness is too common now. Time for a new and more dignified approach.

  • 2021-07-01 at 9:57 am
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    The writer (and LN by way of their editorial control) really should consider a less-biased approach to local journalism.

    This is supposed to be a community news outlet. Anyone with even a bit of reasonableness can see that it is acting as the voice of the Left. The bias drips from every sentence.

    Sad.

  • 2021-07-01 at 3:54 pm
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    I don’t see how the “mob mentality” label applies to this candidate for Governor. I listened last night and he spoke of loving our children “ALL OUR CHILDREN”. As a business man I believe he understands the flow of order direction meaning the D.O. E. is in charge of the curriculum not the local school board so that is where there needs to be greater accountability. What is wrong with that? Are we really at a point in education that we want to diminish the opportunity education offers or insure mediocrity by denying access to advanced courses? Isn’t it educationally knowable that when there are too many students wanting “higher” educational options that the supply should be increased instead of saying keep the Asians from taking all the seats? ALL high schools in Loudoun could offer the first two years of the AOS transcript numbered math/science course. WHY ISN’T THIS DONE? This school board should own the fact that they only give parents one minute for input. Doesn’t the $20,000 stipend justify longer meetings once in a while especially considering there are only two per month? Mr. Youngkin also emphasized tech ed should be expanded. What part of our tech ed offerings that are over subscribed is not known by this school board? Is it really beyond their competence level to adjust the number of seats for carpentry, HVAC, culinary skills etc when students are blocked form taking these courses? WAKE UP and WALK the WALK. It is about children not your political interests.

  • 2021-07-01 at 5:59 pm
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    I would also say, please stop paying off the superintendent cabinet members. $12,000 bonus for nine cabinet members is excessive and obviously designed to promote partisan loyalty.

    If that money had gone to the janitors and cafeteria workers, I would have supported that. But now parents won’t have upper level leadership support since the school board paid them off. There is absolutely nothing equitable of that decision. It was elitist and designed to pay for loyalty. The Title 1 schools and EL teachers could have made a lot better use of that money.

    I was not aware that “leadership focusing on what matters” also means telling BOS and county leadership to “stay in their lane” and refuse to use the $810,000 to eliminate sports fees for equitable opportunities. Who is being divisive and fearmongering? Those throwing county staff under the bus.

    Did anyone once hear from the school board appreciation for the PRCS employees that watched LCPS DL students THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR inside of LCPS buildings?

    Thank you to PRCS staff, Chair Randall, and those that saw through the fearmongering and were there for the students while supporting the school board to open our schools up. You made a difference and we thank you. I am very much in your lane and appreciate your hard work as well as dedication.

  • 2021-07-02 at 10:54 am
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    So no “Fact Checking.”
    No editorial bias in the opposite direction.
    No quotes or comments from anyone other than the subjects of this fluff piece.

    Just pure, unadulterated,water carrying for the (D)s.

    Compare and contrast how the “journalist” composed this piece with the style, substance and bias of the Youngkin piece from yesterday.

  • 2021-07-16 at 10:13 pm
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    Mr Turner is either lying or cluelessly lost in naivete on CRT. Is LCPS calling it “CRT”? Of course not. They refer to it as “equity” or “inclusiveness” or other woke buzzwords. But talk privately to your friends who are teachers in the county. Many will tell you that much of the training they are being force fed by LCPS is in fact everything we know CRT to be. Mr Turner rounds up all the usual suspects, the Evil Fox News, President Trump, etc in an effort to mask what is going on, but it isn’t enough. We see it for what it is. Talk to a teacher you know. LCPS is pushing CRT heavily.

    • 2021-07-28 at 10:42 am
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      What is the real problem you have with equity and inclusiveness? CRT has not been taught at the elementary or secondary school level. It has been a collegiate course for 40 years. But now when people want equity and they say it out loud…. y’all aren’t having it. What fo you know about CRT? Because by the sound of your own written words you don’t have a clue.

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