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First on Granthshala: Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has criticized the recent decision by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate possible acts of violence against school boards, saying it is a “shameless” attempt to silence parents who Invest in your children’s education.

On Monday, Garland directed the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s offices, through a memo, to hold meetings with federal, state, and local law enforcement leaders over the next 30 days during which they were labeled “disturbing trends” by the DOJ. We will discuss ways to combat it. “Of harassment and threats against school officials.

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In an exclusive statement to Granthshala News, DeVos said, “This memo is a brazen attempt to intimidate parents to silence them and limit their control over their children’s education.”

DOJ launches effort to deal with threats of violence against school officials

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“We must of course take the real threats seriously, but the local police are there to address this. You would expect the Justice Department to be more concerned about genuine civil rights concerns involving false, race-based narratives or learning Including students who are at a disadvantage due to unnecessary school closures. But this is another example of the Biden administration focusing more on keeping the union’s bosses happy than on putting America’s students first. .

“Fortunately, fed up parents who want the best for their children will not be intimidated into silence,” concluded DeVos.

Garland’s announcement comes just days after the National School Board Association wrote a letter Biden asked his administration to treat parental protests at school board meetings as possible acts of “domestic terrorism.”

Legal experts are calling the DOJ’s latest move a “gross federal overreach,” and GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill have vowed to hold a hearing on the subject in the coming weeks.

The DOJ is also facing a wave of backlash as parents criticize its recent announcement — with some apologizing to the department.

“I look like a domestic terrorist?” Asked Asra Nomani, vice president of investigation and strategy at Parents Defending Education. “You’re sorry parents!”