Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021

Virginia Parents Seek 1st School Closure-Related Recall of Board Member

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Parents in Virginia submitted thousands of signatures this week to recall a Fairfax County school board member after she opposed returning to in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The board member, Elaine Tholen, is accused of being derelict in her duty for keeping schools closed for 12 months, according to the petition organizers, Open FCPS Coalition. Organizers said that virtual learning used during lockdowns goes against scientific advice and against parents’ desires. According to the group’s website in a recent update, it has “collected all signatures for Tholen.” Specifically, the group told The Associated Press and other media that it submitted more than 5,000 signatures, which is far more than the 3,600 signatures required to recall her. Tholen can ask a judge to throw out the petition seeking her recall. The Fairfax County Circuit Court received the signatures, and a judge can decide to dismiss the recall effort or take it to trial …

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