The Virginia School Board Association is a political and partisan organization. Look at how VSBA representatives presents republican sponsored bills at a VSBA conference from January 2022. This video comes from the Fauquier TABS YouTube channel. Anyone that says VSBA is not political is delusional.
The Free Lance Star and ABC 7 News implied that misconduct occurred when the conservatives on the school board attended an education conference sponsored by Middle Resolution PAC. These media organizations claimed it was an ethics violation to attend a conference associated with a political organization.
If this is the standard that the Free Lance Star, Adele Uphaus, and ABC 7 use, then certainly the same standard applies to leftist school board members Dawn Shelley, Nicole Cole, and Lorita Daniels. All three have promoted and associated with the Virginia School Board Association. The recent Free Lance Star article mentioned that Shelley and Cole wanted to attend a VSBA event paid with taxpayer dollars but were denied by Twigg.
The VSBA is a political and partisan organization as mentioned in our May 16 article. Below are screenshots of the lobbying efforts performed by the VSBA on the Virginia Public Access Project website. Lobbying is a political activity for a partisan effort. Dawn Shelley stated at a recent school board meeting that she wanted to pay VSBA for the superintendent search with taxpayer dollars. Dawn Shelley has been using VSBA events paid for by taxpayer dollars to get professional learning credits for her teacher certs.
The hypocrisy is self-evident. The Free Lance Star, Adele Uphaus, and ABC 7 news are all hypocrites. They do not want to mention that VSBA is political and partisan. They do not want to hold the same standard. They do not want to mention that taxpayer money went to a political and partisan organization. We wonder how many payments were made to VSBA when the left controlled the school board in the past five years. To see our earlier article on why VSBA is a partisan political organization, go here – https://spotsywire.com/2022/05/16/vsba-and-the-may-16-adele-hit-piece/
The Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) spends time advocating for many far-left positions. VSBA maintains a legislative priorities document for their lobbying efforts in the state legislature. VSBA members even went after parents protesting in Loudoun County. VSBA continues to be a long-time affiliate of the National School Board Association (NSBA) which is the same organization that has pushed CRT in education, equity instead of equality of opportunity, etc.
Adele Uphaus from the Free Lance Star wrote an article implying misconduct by three of the conservatives on the school board. Adele suggests that the educational conference is political, so it is an ethics violation. Adele also mentions that school board members Dawn Shelley and Nicole Cole were denied the opportunity to attend VSBA events.
The article by Adele is nothing more than a hypocritical hit piece that lacks some basic context and basic research. The VSBA is clearly a political organization otherwise they wouldn’t spend so much time lobbying. Spotsylvania County schools has had a close association with VSBA for years. Spotsy schools has used tax payer dollars to pay membership dues to VSBA.
It’s amusing watching the reaction online. Many commenters on the left suggest that the conservatives attending the educational conference is corruption or a waste of taxpayer dollars. Yet, the left makes no mention about how Spotsy Schools has spent a lot of taxpayer dollars over many years to the political VSBA organization. This waste was condoned by the left block on the school board in years past.