Letter: Bill Drennan, South Riding

Editor: Self-described “empathy activist” and columnist Chris Croll grossly mischaracterizes the battle between Loudoun County parents/taxpayers and their employees on the Loudoun County School Board [“A Busy Loudouner’s Education on … Loudoun Education” Loudoun Now, July 16, 2021]. 

She writes that the campaign to recall members of the Board has “nothing to do with education, your kids, or our schools” and that the “School Board recall effort is not about holding elected officials accountable.” 

She couldn’t be more wrong.

• Holding unresponsive, authoritarian, “woke” School Board members accountable is precisely what the recall effort is about. Ms. Croll attempts to change the subject, claiming that the recall campaign is actually a partisan plot to drive housing prices down so that credulous homeowners will vote for change. 

• She further claims—without offering any evidence—that the recall effort is “led by political operatives paid by well-funded political action committees.” The facts – published in Loudoun Now the same day as her column—demonstrate nothing of the kind [“First Look at Fight for Schools’ Finances”]. 

• Ms. Croll alleges that recall petitions are just a means to collect signers’ “name, address, email address and other contact information [phone numbers]” in order to build a voter database. This, too, is false, as a quick glance at a recall petition would show. Only those who wish to volunteer are asked for phone numbers and email addresses so they can be contacted.

• She champions “equity,” and would have parents believe that equity is synonymous with equality. “Equity, as it relates to public education,” she writes, “is about giving all students opportunities to be successful in their academic careers.” No, equity, as it relates to public education, is about artificially manufacturing equal outcomes, not fostering equal opportunity. 

• Ms. Croll mischaracterizes the recall drive as a political operation masquerading as a grassroots movement. The truth is that parents of all political persuasions and backgrounds have risen up to stop the hijacking of their kids’ education by Leftist ideologues. Fight for Schools, the local group organized by Loudoun County parents to fight back against a School Board gone rogue, has neither endorsed nor donated to any political candidate. Furthermore, its Board of Directors is made up of Republicans, Independents and Democrats.

Ms. Croll is in a state of denial about what’s actually happening in Loudoun County. She is, of course, free to believe whatever she wants, and to inculcate those beliefs in her children. But neither she—nor anyone else—has the right to press their personal political beliefs on other children without their parents’ express consent. 

The issue is quite simple. Parents entrusted the School Board with our children’s education. They violated that trust by pushing leftist indoctrination at the expense of education. They got caught. The remedy is to remove them.

My advice to busy Loudouners? Join the fight. Take back your schools. Our children’s future depends on it.

Bill Drennan, South Riding

8 thoughts on “Letter: Bill Drennan, South Riding

  • 2021-07-20 at 9:39 am

    I suspect every column published by Chris Croll inspires a new wave of donations to FightforSchools.

  • 2021-07-20 at 10:30 am

    Oh man, Ms. Croll has some cleanup to do. Withering takedown here.

  • 2021-07-20 at 12:44 pm

    “The people are always ahead of the ‘leaders’ on the real issues.”

    Governor L. Douglas Wilder

  • 2021-07-20 at 1:05 pm

    Chris Croll is an opportunist. Nothing more. I stopped listening to her when she became a “consultant” for parents of gifted children. Now she sits on the board of the Ryan Bartel Foundation, yet she accused parents of using their children’s mental health struggles as a “political weapon”. And she calls herself an “empathy activist”? Newsflash: I signed the recall petition and I am not receiving unwanted phone calls, texts or emails asking for money. I have donated no money, and I am not planning to in the future. Chris Croll is wrong to assume “these efforts are being led by political operatives paid by well-funded political action committees”. But then again, it wouldn’t be the first time she’s been wrong.

  • 2021-07-21 at 9:02 pm

    I have been asking what an “empathy activist” actually is or does.

    Ms Croll continues to be on the wrong side of the issue like she has done for so many years.

    The recall effort, Ms Croll, is about holding radical school board members accountable.

    We wonder if Ms Croll has any empathy for schools kids that are required to read pornographic material in their assigned readings.

    Mr Drennan nails the issues. Great letter!

  • 2021-08-04 at 11:49 pm

    Ms Croll simply lies about the issue, and relies upon the public’s broad ignorance of the issue she’s lying about to further her agenda. It’s a deeply cynical and despicable strategy, but not surprising.

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