July 19, 2021 Press Release

For Immediate Release:

July 19, 2021

Contact: Dee O’Neal

Open FCPS Coalition Announces Over 5,000 Petitions Signatures to Request the Recall of Dranesville School Board Member, Elaine Tholen

FAIRFAX, VA – Today, a coalition of Fairfax County parents, Open FCPS Coalition, will submit over 5,000 petition signatures to the Fairfax County Circuit Court, asking for the review and removal of Elaine Tholen from her School Board seat. “Elaine Tholen, along with other members of the Fairfax County School Board, have continuously failed the parents and students of Fairfax County. Rather than focus on how to accommodate all students during a historic pandemic, she instead focused on the politics of the day. That’s not what our students deserve,” said Dee O’Neal, founder of Open FCPS Coalition. The coalition was formed in late 2020, and has since been gathering signatures from other concerned citizens in the Dranesville District of Fairfax County, which includes the cities of Great Falls, McLean, Herndon, and portions of Falls Church and Vienna. Over 5,000 residents signed the petition, a major milestone considering the small size of the area. “As you can see from the support we gathered, parents are very unhappy with the School Board. There must be accountability for members, like Elaine Tholen, not listening to parents and their students,” continued O’Neal. “This is only the start, as there are a number of other organic movements by other parents in Northern Virginia to hold their school board members accountable and keep politics out of our schools.” For further details on this effort, visit: https://openfcpscoalition.org/