PA School Boards Cut Ties With National Body That Implied Parents Were “Domestic Terrorists”

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A statewide group of Pennsylvania’s school boards has cut ties with the national school board association that called on the Biden administration to treat parents protesting controversial policies and curriculum as “domestic terrorists.”

The Governing Board of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) voted last week to withdraw from the National School Boards Association (NASB) after the national group wrote to President Joe Biden calling on him to direct federal agencies to investigate “threats” posted to school boards and teachers as “domestic terrorism.”

The Department of Justice later directed the Federal Bureau of Investigations to address the alleged threats with local school officials and law enforcement the week after the NASB issued their open letter.

The move on both counts has been widely criticized by supporters of parents protesting school board meetings over policies such as school masking and other COVID-19 protocols, transgender bathroom and pronoun policies, and curricula regarded as divisive critical race theory.

“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the NASB wrote in their letter, calling on “federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”

LifeSite reports that the PSBA explained in a statement that their membership with the “NSBA federation membership has been questioned numerous times over the past several years.”

“The most recent national controversy surrounding a letter to President Biden suggesting that some parents should be considered domestic terrorists was the final straw,” the organization stated.

Citing the frequent “politics and posturing that it says has overshadowed Pennsylvania’s desire to “find common ground” in school policies, the group said that “This misguided approach has made our work and that of many school boards more difficult. It has fomented more disputes and cast partisanship on our work on behalf of school directors, when we seek to find common ground and support all school directors in their work, no matter their politics. Now is not the time for more politics and posturing, it is the time for solutions to the many challenges facing education.”

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