26 State School Board Orgs Have Distanced Themselves From Nat’l Group That Branded Parents “Domestic Terrorists”

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Twenty-six state school board organizations have distanced themselves from the national organization that issued an open letter to the Biden administration implying that parents who protest at school board meetings were akin to “domestic terrorists.”

According to the grassroots advocacy group Parents Defending Education and reported by The Christian Post, the states that have either distanced themselves from the organization or taken moves to cut ties with it altogether.

The National School Board Association wrote in a letter to President Joe Biden that his administration should consider addressing an purported influx of threats against school boards and teachers in light of the rising movement of teacher-led protests at school board meetings.

In 2021, school board meetings have become lively affairs in many states, as parents vocally object to both pandemic policies and controversial sexual education curriculum and ideas linked to critical race theory.

The NSBA’s letter was met with backlash for its implication that the protest movement could be likened to domestic terrorism, but the Biden Department of Justice nonetheless directed the FBI to meet with local schools and law enforcement.

More than two dozen board associations, however, many of whom were not consulted before the letter was sent out, thought the letter went entirely too far.

These states Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Twelve of the states, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, are working towards withdrawing membership, participation, or dues.

Parents Defending Education reached out to 47 state school board associations in October and have been updating the results of the responses they receive here.

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