Beth Barts, a prominent member of the Loudoun County School Board, has resigned from her position, according to an announcement on Facebook on Friday, Oct. 15.
“Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from the Loudoun County School Board effective Nov. 2, 2021,” Barts wrote on Facebook.
In March, Barts was the focus of a recall movement to remove six school board members who were suspected of being part of an anti-racist Facebook group. According to Daily Caller, allegedly, the group compiled names of parents who rejected Critical Race Theory (CRT) or called for the reopening of schools for in-person study.
Although CRT believes America is innately racist, it instructs students to consider race in every social interaction and person. Its followers seek “antiracism” by rejecting merit, objective reality, and enacting race-based policy.
Barts, who was first elected in 2019, has also been chastised by parent organizations for supporting the school system’s transgender policies. Her resignation will take effect on Nov. 2, 2021, Daily Wire reported.
In an August petition, Loudoun County residents accused Barts of breaking state and local policies by holding illegal meetings via email and Facebook groups, leaking confidential information from closed school board meetings, and using her personal social media account to discuss official business private Facebook groups.
Parents in Loudoun County have opposed the CRT and the district’s transgender policy, which requires teachers to refer to students by their “chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence.” It allows transgender students to participate in sports and use bathrooms that match their gender identity.
At a June 22 meeting, the school district told the public that to his knowledge, there were no records of assaults in school bathrooms—although a sexual attack had allegedly occurred in a school bathroom some weeks prior.
“This was not an easy decision or a decision made in haste,” Barts wrote. “After much thought and careful consideration, it is the right decision for me and my family.”
Barts expressed her gratitude for having the chance to serve on the Leesburg Educational Board, where she “empowered students to achieve academic and personal success in supportive and most importantly inclusive school environments.”
She also said she “remained committed to doing what was best for all of Loudoun County Public School students and staff.”
Barts thanked her Leesburg constituents for their confidence in her, saying she is “absolutely certain a member of this wonderful community will step forward to be appointed and continue to move LCPS forward.”
“This is a victory for parents and students in Loudoun County. It also serves as an example for the nation of what a parent-led movement can do,” said Laura Zorc, the executive director of the parent activist group Building Education for Students Together.
“Beth Barts not only doxed families across her own district, whom she claimed to be protecting but also promoted a divisive, anti-American curriculum that teaches children to divide each other by immutable characteristics.”
In a statement to the community, Fight for Schools Executive Director Ian Prior stated that LCPS’ difficulties extend beyond Barts and that “This could not have been an easy decision” for her.
“We have made known our displeasure with her actions as a school board member over the past several months, but today she has done the right thing. Her former colleagues should take notice,” Prior said. “We will continue to shine a light on Loudoun County Public Schools and will keep fighting until we have a school board of common sense, non-partisan members and a superintendent who is accountable to parents and tells the truth.”