NSBA CEO said they were in talks with the White House for ‘several weeks’ before sending the letter
President Biden’s White House was in discussions with the National School Board Association in the weeks since the NSBA sent a letter demanding federal law enforcement action over alleged harassment of school officials, the email shows.
The emails show that the school board group interacted with White House staff in drafting the letter.
On September 29, the NSBA, which represents more than 90,000 school board members, issued a . Sent Letter Biden called on his administration to address hostility toward school boards as possible acts of “domestic terrorism”, claiming that “there has been an increase in acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials”. “
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The NSBA letter also called on the Biden administration to implement the Patriot Act, which Congress passed to tackle terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
“With attacks against school board members and teachers for approving policies for masks to protect the health and safety of students and school staff, many public school officials are also facing physical threats because Important race theory has been mis-incorporated within classroom instruction because of propaganda and curriculum,” said the letter signed by NSBA President Viola Garcia and the group’s interim executive director and CEO Chip Slaven.
Less than a week later, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued an explosive memo instructing the FBI to investigate threats by parents against school board members.
According to E-mail Obtained by Parents Defending Education through public records requests, the NSBA was in talks with White House officials for several weeks before sending its letter. emails, which were earlier informed of by Washington Free Beacon, publicly released by PDE on Thursday.
“[I]n conversations with White House staff over the past several weeks, they requested additional information about some specific threats, so the letter also details several incidents,” Slaven said in an email to the union’s board on September 29 Wrote Directors.
“The NSBA has been engaged for several weeks with the White House and the Department of Education on these and other issues related to the pandemic,” Garcia wrote in an email to the board on October 2.
“The pandemic and our growing political climate have caused a lot of tension in our society,” she continued. “School boards have been in the limelight since the start of the pandemic, but this has reached a whole new level in the past few weeks when we started hearing about threats, harassment and acts of intimidation at school board meetings. We were forced to say something.”
The Biden administration’s closeness with teacher unions is facing renewed scrutiny after Garland’s memo announced a new crackdown on harassment of school officials. Republicans have raised concerns that it would be used against the rights of parents to freedom of speech, who have been particularly vocal about school policies and the important race doctrine being taught to children during the COVID-19 pandemic .
Republicans pressed Garland during Thursday’s hearing on whether White House and Justice Department officials had discussed before releasing the memo. Garland said he never discussed it personally with the White House, but acknowledged that the letter “was brought to our attention,” and that someone in the White House discussed it with someone in the Justice Department. Was.