Third School Board Member Recall Petition Filed

Fight for Schools, the group leading the recall effort against four School Board members, filed boys third petition today in Loudoun County Circuit Court, seeking to remove Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian).

The action comes just nine days after the same group filed a petition to remove Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling). A Circuit Court hearing in that case is scheduled Tuesday.

The first petition seeking the removal of then-Leesburg District representative Beth Barts was filed in August and the case moved forward, as Judge Jeannette A. Irby heard motions in October. She resigned Nov. 2, in part citing threatening messages she and her family received as coverage of the School Board spread across national news outlets.

School Board members came under fire in March 2020 for involvement in the private Facebook group, “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” where some members allegedly sought to compile lists of individuals opposed to the district’s racial equity efforts. Fight for Schools Executive Director Ian Prior was among the parents listed.

The petitions require the signatures of at least 10% of the number of registered voters in the district who cast ballots during the previous election. Over the past several months, volunteers passed out petitions on clipboards outside of School Board meetings, went door to door seeking support, and canvassed on weekends at grocery stores in the county. 

The petition to remove Reaser reached 1,859 signatures in just 13 days, organizers said. Fight for Schools released a statement, citing Reaser’s involvement in private Facebook groups, involvement in ending the public comment period of a School Board meeting, and the board’s handling of a May 28 sexual assault at the Stone Bridge High School in which the suspect was transferred to a different high school where he sexually assaulted another student.

Once a petition is filed in Circuit Court, it is reviewed by a judge. If the case is accepted, the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office prosecutes the case. The official is entitled to a trial prior to a removal verdict being reached.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj was disqualified by judge Irby from prosecuting the Barts case because she is also facing a removal effort involving some of the Fight for Schools members, including Prior.

6 thoughts on “Third School Board Member Recall Petition Filed

  • 2021-11-18 at 9:03 pm

    I have nothing against Fight For Schools & Mr. Prior. In fact, I feel sorry for Mr. Prior. He’s boxed himself into a corner where he’s lashing out against boogeymen that don’t exist. Brenda Sheridan & Atoosa Reaser are not bad persons. There’s absolutely no reason why Loudoun should take the drastic step of recalling them prior to an election. If they choose to run again in 2023, that’s when voters can decide their fate. I believe the vast majority of Loudouners will reject any efforts to short-circuit the process. Happy Holidays Loudoun! P.S. — Spare me the BS that these recall efforts aren’t political. If Mr. Prior truly believed the “rape coverup” theory, he’d be pushing for everyone’s removal except Andrew Hoyler. Is it just a coincidence he’s not pushing for the recall of Mr. Morse & Mr. Beatty? Hmmmm.

    • 2021-11-19 at 4:04 pm

      She was involved in the private facebook site which is against VA law. It is not permissible to hold private meetings and make policy decisions without public participation. The issue is not whether she is a nice person or not. The issue is she broke the code of ethics and the law. Beatty and Morse were NOT part of that Facebook group. The only thing that will hold elected officials accountable is the possibility of recalls. As to Biberaj, she either needs to recuse herself in all of these cases as she participated as a member of that group or needs to be removed from office.

      • 2021-11-20 at 5:57 pm

        Biberaj’s membership in that group puts the entire Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office between a rock and a hard place. As the top prosecutor she absolutely should know better than to,be a member of such a group when they actively called for actions that could potentially have legal implications. By being a member of the group she has access to statements made that would otherwise not be available to her due to Fourth Amendment protections. It creates a conflict of interest for her in any legal matter pertaining to this group, its members, and any actions taken by them.

  • 2021-11-18 at 9:13 pm

    The entire board and Ziegler must go. The inept, ideologically-driven board and administration has failed and the parents and students of Loudoun deserve more.

  • 2021-11-19 at 6:38 am

    A faux moderate that turned to the dark side once elected.
    Her quote we have to spend it so we can demand more in the budget is just another in her long list of mistakes.
    I am glad that Barts resigned because of FFS’s pressure and the other fat cat Sheridan will fold soon but Reaser was my first choice to recall. 2 years of Reasers failures are enough! Think about being represented by this duo, Reaser and Briskman, that is what you get when you lose the daily double, yikes!

    • 2021-11-20 at 5:52 pm

      Brisky the lapdog would not have a coherent thought if she could find two active brain cells to rub together. Given that Reaser is an attorney or has legal education you would expect her to know better than to do some of these things.

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