Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee today and confirmed he will not be dissolving his recently created school board task force. The controversial force was formed to investigate threats against school-board members made by parents of the community.
Garland created the force after the National School Board Association sent a letter to President Joe Biden complaining about parents around the country opposing their coronavirus mandates. In the letter, the NSBA likened parents to “domestic terrorists” causing dissent not only from parents, but from school board associations across the country.
Not only did the NSBA make an apology statement at the end of last week, but as of Tuesday, the Ohio, Missouri and Pennsylvania School Board Associations terminated their membership with the NSBA for failing to consult with them prior to sending the letter requesting federal involvement.
“On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for this letter….There was no justification for some of the language included in this letter” the NSBA’s apology stated. At least 19 state school boards have told the non-profit group Parents Defending Education that they disagreed with the messaging of the NSBA’s letter which called parents’ behavior “hate crimes.”
The Ohio chapter sent Chip Slaven, the Executive Director of the NSBA, a statement ending its affiliation with the organization on Tuesday. The chapter stated discontent with the national organization’s unilateral decision to write the letter to Biden comparing parents to terrorists.
“The letter purported to be sent on behalf of state associations and school board members across the nation. This assertion could not be further from the truth. OSBA was not notified of the letter, nor were we asked for our thoughts on the matter” the Ohio’s board statement said.