A coalition of Fairfax County parents, Open FCPS Coalition, submitted a petition with over 8,000 signatures, double the amount needed, to the Fairfax County Circuit Court, asking for the removal of Laura Cohen from the School Board. In response to 8,000 of her constituents seeking her removal, Cohen sent out a fundraising email making false claims that the bi-partisan group has been pushing anti-vaccine and pro-book burning messaging. She even went as far as to say members of the group had been arrested for disorderly conduct. None of these claims are true.
Local parent-activist Rory Cooper joined Thursday’s Vince Coglianese Show to discuss the grassroots, citizen-led efforts to remove Fairfax County School Board members Elaine Tholen, Laura Jane Cohen, and Abrar Omeish.
After more than 5,000 valid signatures to recall Elaine Tholen were submitted, the case to remove the embattled school board member was dismissed on August 20 — at the request of Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney James Hingely.
“Parents proved today that we can mount a massive grassroots effort to gather thousands of signatures to recall a school board member. We are pleased to have won in court, but unfortunately it appears the fix was in when Mr. Descano handpicked his replacement from Albemarle County, James Hingely,” said Dee O’Neal, Open FCPS Coalition founder.
A Fairfax County school board member will need to plead her case in court for why she should not be removed from office after petitioners gathered the necessary number of signatures, a judge decided Friday.
Board member Elaine Tholen faces a recall effort over her votes to suspend in-person learning for the school system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The petitioners argue she was incompetent in the performance of her duties.
SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR RADICAL, OUT-OF-CONTROL SCHOOL BOARD!
WHAT: Sign the petitions to recall school board members Abrar Omeish and Laura Jane Cohen
WHEN: Sunday, 7/11 from 12 noon until 4 PM
WHERE: Greenbriar Town Center (13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway)
Approaching its ironically-timed Groundhog Day “Return to School Working Session,” FCPS released on Friday a presentation that reveals yet again that the principal factor in the inability to open schools is not about metrics, or community spread of a virus, but the chronic inability of FCPS to manage its staff, and the apparent unwillingness of many staff to return to work. The presentation already sets up the game board for the inevitable “pause” for all students in grades 3-12 in Fairfax County…