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With the decision by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) to sever ties with the National School Boards Association (NSBA), more than half of the nation’s state school board associations have withdrawn from the group since it sent a letter to the Department of Justice to investigate the parents for “domestic terrorism”.
“Parents have seen the inside of the public school beast and understand better than ever who is feeding this beast, and respond in a loud voice, not my child, not under my watch,” said Principal Quisha King. principal of Moms for America at Fox News. Digital. “US state school board associations see parent feedback in many ways, whether it’s speaking up at school board meetings or getting their kids out of those classrooms and school boards d state know they want no more trouble with parents across America.”
The infamous NSBA letter to the Department of Justice in September 2021 called for parents who protest at school board meetings to be federally reviewed, claiming that school officials were subject to threats and violence during meetings. The letter requested that the actions be reviewed under the Patriot Act as domestic terrorism. The NSBA later apologized for the language of the letter.
A recent independent review found that the NSBA letter was even more extreme in draft form, calling for army national guard deployment and military police to monitor school board meetings.
EXODUS FROM NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION STATES CONTINUES AS NEBRASKA CUTS TIES
“The actions of NSBA leaders last fall unnecessarily harmed relationships with school boards and exacerbate partisan tensions“The WASB said in a statement to its members. “These actions have caused more than half of state school board organizations across the country to either distance themselves from the NSBA or drop their membership altogether.”
“Hmmm. How does the NSBA continue to operate if there are only a few member states left?” the Moms for Liberty account tweeted with news of the Nebraska exit. The question was on the minds of many education activists.
“We’re halfway there,” Corey DeAngelis, national director of research for the American Federation for Children, told Fox News Digital. “It’s time the ‘National’ School Boards Association seriously considered renaming themselves. Perhaps it’s time to call them the ‘Semi-National’ School Boards Association since half of the states have decided to sever ties with the NSBA .”
Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education, also applauded the mass exodus, but feared it would solve the “underlying problem”.
“While it is good that more than half of state affiliates have left the NSBA, new organizations will arise in its place, and the underlying problem will remain: the publicly supported trade associations that claim to represent the opinions of their constituents are actually ideologically-captured entities working against what the majority of Americans actually want,” Neily said. never used as weapons against us in the future.”
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Fight for Schools executive director Ian Prior has also predicted another, just as a problematic entity will rise in its place.
“The NSBA gets all it deserves for colluding with the Biden administration to weaponize federal law enforcement to hunt down parents exercising their First Amendment rights by speaking out at school board meetings” , Prior told Fox Digital. “But as the NSBA implodes, the equally anti-parent school board associations across the state continue to work against parents and will eventually coalesce into an NSBA-like organization and it will be important for parents to continue. to exercise citizen control over any surrogate organization and its member states.”
The NSBA did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Parents have been protesting at school board meetings across the country for the past two years to criticize COVID-19 measures and to speak out about how schools teach about race, including whether schools use the controversial critical race theory.
MAN BEHIND NSBA’S INFAMOUS LETTER SAYS ORGANIZATION LEADERS ‘COMPLETELY BACKSTABBED’ HIM
The Texas The School Boards Association was one of many to cut ties with the NSBA following last month’s independent investigation into the letter to the Biden administration last year.
“We have been carefully awaiting the publication of this independent investigation for almost two months. With this report now available, it is clear that the NSBA’s internal processes and controls do not meet the good governance practices that the TSBA expects and requires of a member organization,” said TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell.
In earlier defensive statements about the controversy, the NSBA said that, other than review by four administrators, “the letter has not been widely reviewed or approved within the organization, and the letter finalized was not disclosed to the entire NSBA Board of Directors or NSBA members until it was submitted.”
However, former acting executive director and CEO of the NSBA Chip Slaven said it was not true that superiors were completely in the dark about the letter in a recent interview with Fox News Digital, adding that he felt “stabbed” after the band. seemed to lay the blame on him in his apology.
“I felt betrayed, I suppose, by [some of the] officers… when they apologized, announced an apology and didn’t bother to at least tell me,” he said. “And the excuse given…wasn’t enough time or too late or something.” It was bull. [They] just chose not to include me.”
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“Children do not belong to the government and parents will never give up their right to educate their children as they see fit,” DeAngelis said. “The NSBA implosion shows that parents are a force to be reckoned with if they come together and push for change.”