(PresidentialInsider.com)- After hearing the news that Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the Department of Justice and the FBI to work together to crack down on parents who express concerns about teaching Critical Race Theory in Schools, two state school board associations have spoken up and condemned the Biden White House for smearing concerned parents.
The Virginia and Louisiana School Board Associations, which are both National School Board Association (NSBA) have condemned the organization as well as President Joe Biden for calling on law enforcement to deal with angry parents at school board meetings.
In statements from both school boards, officials say that they were not consulted about the intention of the NSBA to write a letter to the president requesting help dealing with angry parents, and calling for assistance from the DOJ and FBI to identify parents as “domestic terrorists” for objecting to the teaching of racist ideas in schools.
LSBA Response to NSBA’s Request for
Federal Intervention: https://t.co/4zxyrfLLWo pic.twitter.com/mLxhaHuOqu
— Louisiana School Boards Association (@LSBALeads) October 9, 2021
“The National School Boards Association (NSBA) issued a letter last week to President Biden requesting federal assistance regarding threats and disruptive incidents occurring at school board meetings across the nation,” the Louisiana statement reads.
“The LSBA was not consulted about the content of the letter,” it adds. “The LSBA does not agree with NSBA’s action. Our concern is that NSBA’s request and description of events is not a universal occurrence at all school boards, it fails to align with the standards of good governance, and it discourages active participation in the governance process.”
Good point. How can parents take part in the governance process if all they can do is turn up and agree with everything that the teachers and school board members say?
What are parents to do if they disagree – and how will they know if they will be arbitrarily deemed “domestic terrorists” for criticizing decisions made by the board?
The Virginia School Boards Association echoed the sentiment. President of the VSBA Janet Turned-Giles said that they had not been consulted and that the decision by the NSBA to send this letter was “not the first disagreement” that the Virginia board has had with the national board.
“While we look for support to our state and federal governments, we do not seek the involvement of federal law enforcement or other officials in local decisions,” the VBSA wrote.
So…will the Biden administration listen?