Release Date: 10/22/2020
The Conservative Parents of Lynchburg would like to announce that yesterday October 21st, 2020, the Lynchburg Circuit Court certified our petition for referendum to change the Lynchburg City School Board from an appointed school board, to an elected school board. Per §22.1-57.2 of the Code of Virginia, this petition requests that the following ballot measure be placed on the next general election:
Shall the method of selecting the school board be changed from appointment by the governing body to direct election by the voters?
This court certification is the first step to the referendum process. The Conservative Parents of Lynchburg, and many other concerned parents and community members, will have 9 months to collect approximately 6,000 signatures on this petition. Once those signatures are collected and certified by the Lynchburg City Registrar the question will appear on the 2021 general election ballot for a city wide vote.
The Conservative Parents of Lynchburg, a group of over 160 Lynchburg City families, feel that this change is an important step to ensuring that future Lynchburg City School Boards are accountable to the parents and community.
Currently the Lynchburg City School Board operates with virtually no oversight. Despite their budget being the single largest expenditure of city tax payer funds. Furthermore, because school board members are appointed, rather than elected they have no responsibility or legal inclination to listen to and act on community input. Which has most recently been demonstrated with LCS’s refusal to listen to countless parents pleading with the school to offer a quality education for our students.
That lack of a quality education has resulted in the Lynchburg Public School system losing almost 400 students over the last 4 years (8,034 ADM in 2017 vs. 7,651 ADM in Sept 2020), even while the city experienced an average of 10% annual growth over the same period. Despite this continual downward trend the Lynchburg City School Board has continued to disregard parents, keeping schools closed, and being accountable to no one but themselves. Costing kids their education, parents their jobs, and taxpayers their valuable money.
For these reasons, and many more, the Conservative Parents of Lycnhburg urge City residents to join us and sign the petition to make the Lynchburg City School Board an elected position, accountable to the parents and community.
To learn more about the petition, and the Conservative Parents of Lynchburg’s efforts to bring accountability to Lynchburg City Schools, please visit: https://ReplaceTheBoard.com
The Conservative Parents of Lynchburg
About the Conservative Parents of Lynchburg
We are a group of parents and teachers in Lynchburg, VA who believe that raising our kids is the responsibility of the parents, not the state. For many people, this may look differently (public school, private school, homeschool), and that’s okay.
This group was founded in the wake of Lynchburg City Schools refusing to give parents an option to sending their kids to school for face-to-face instruction. However, when we set out we recognized that this is just one issue among many others likely to come up. Examples of other anticipated issues include ensuring SRO’s continuing to be allowed to protect schools, the future support of school choice/vouchers – including potential for tax credits to families that do not use the school system and homeschool instead, objecting to any type of requirement for the untested COVID vaccine to attend school, potential school curriculum issues and many more.
Collectively we hope to advocate for our children’s education and welfare on the basis of conservative principles and individual freedom. Additionally, we believe that the government functions best when it is closest and most accountable to the people and where power is shared between the federal government, states, and the local community. Join the Conservative Parents of lynchburg at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LynchburgParents/
Inquiries can be addressed to:
Founder – Conservative Parents of Lynchburg
Cell Phone: 802-451-9162