State school board organizations have been sharply criticizing a letter issued by the National School Board Association (NSBA) earlier this month which implied that parents protesting school policies and curricula could be equated to domestic terrorists.
Just the News reports that in a letter issued Friday, the organization issued a memo to its member groups stating “we regret and apologize for the letter … there was no justification for some of the language” and that “the voices of parents … should and must continue to be heard” in regards to a students’ “education, health, and safety.”
The board has been criticized for failing to ensure that its letter to President Joe Biden was representative of its member groups around the country.
Last week, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association voted to withdraw from the NSBA over the letter.
The NASB acknowledged in its memo to members that the letter had caused “strain and stress.” They have vowed to launch a “formal review” to improve communication and coordination with its member bodies.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, meanwhile, who issued a directive to the FBI to work with local school boards and law enforcement to address the “threat” noted in the NSBA’s initial inflammatory letter, has also downplayed claims that he has sic’d the federal law enforcement agencies on disgruntled public school parents.
“The Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools,” Garland told Capitol Hill lawmakers during a hearing last week.
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