Recall seeks Virginia school board member’s ouster over online classes

Virginia News


McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A coalition of parents angered by the monthslong suspension of in-person learning in Virginia’s largest school system has submitted thousands of signatures petitioning for the recall of a school board member.

The petition submitted Monday to the Fairfax County Circuit Court by the Open FCPS Coalition accuses Elaine Tholen of neglecting her duty when she and other board members suspended in-person learning for roughly 12 months during the pandemic.

Petition organizers say the extended reliance on online learning ran contrary to scientific advice and parents’ wishes.

Tholen defended her actions as in the best of interest of students. The school system also issued a statement defending both Tholen and the reliance on online learning.

For breaking news delivered to you, subscribe to WFXR’s breaking news email list

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on Apple and Android.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

News tips

Do you have a news tip or breaking news to share with WFXR?  Submit your tip here.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form

Senior Send Off