The fall-out from concerned parents being called domestic terrorists by a school board in Virginia continues. Membership in the National School Boards Association (NSBA) has dropped substantially. The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) is the latest state group to sever its ties with the national association.
The TASB responded to the release of a private investigation into a letter sent by the National School Boards Association to the White House on Sept. 29. The NSBA contacted the White House asking for assistance from the Department of Justice to deal with angry parents attending school board meetings. Parents were showing up at school board meetings demanding answers on school closures during the pandemic, mask mandates, and progressive curriculum being taught in classrooms. School board members labeled parents as domestic terrorists after overheated exchanges during school board meetings. The letter sent on September 29 initially included a request for the National Guard to be deployed to some school district meetings. That language was later removed.
Let that sink in. The NSBA wanted to send in a military presence to intimidate parents into submission. The investigation findings brought about a decision by the TASB board of directors to leave the national organization on Monday.
“With this report now available, it’s clear that NSBA’s internal processes and controls do not meet the good governance practices that TASB expects and requires in a member organization,” TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell said in a statement.
He added that changes within the umbrella organization aren’t aggressive enough to ease the Texas chapter’s concerns. Several other states have made similar decisions in recent months.
“Our decision to end our membership in the NSBA will not impact TASB’s work to ensure Texas public education has a strong voice and presence in Washington, D.C.,” Troxell said.
The NSBA released a statement denying it asks for federal law enforcement at school board meetings.
“The sentiments shared in the letter do not represent the views or position of the NSBA,” the group’s executive director, John Heim, said in a statement after the investigation’s release. “The NSBA does not seek or advocate for federal law enforcement intervention at local school board meetings.”
Was it just a rogue member of who asked for help from the National Guard to control school board meetings? The language wasn’t in the final letter to the White House and DOJ but we know the NSBA was coordinating with the White House all along. Someone somewhere brought the idea up. The Biden administration had to be sued by states to release documents related to the letter. Whatever happened to the “most transparent administration ever” promise, Joe? Texas joined the lawsuit. The NSBA letter even called out Texas school board meetings. Specifically, Texas parents objected to critical race theory lessons being taught in their children’s classrooms.
The final letter to the White House was dated September 29 and, as I said, didn’t include the request for intervention by the National Guard. It did, however, ask the White House to investigate threats to school board members from parents as domestic terrorism. TASB voted to leave the national association because of its failure to abide by good governance practices. TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell said, “We have been intently waiting for the release of this independent investigation for nearly two months.”
More than a dozen Republican attorneys general sued the Biden administration in March to release correspondence with NSBA leaders related to the letter. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined in that group.
Texas is the latest organization to announce it is leaving the national group. The Washington Post reported last year that 22 other states have created a new group, called the Consortium of State School Boards Association.
A TASB spokesperson said the organization has no plans to join that group. Troxell declined an interview request through the spokesperson.
The pandemic forced parents into the role of school teacher for their children when teacher unions demanded schools close and remain closed for over a year. Some states like Texas and Florida didn’t abide by those demands, doing what was best for their states. Along the way, parents realized what all was being taught to their children and many objected to the materials being taught. School boards members were slow to react and often dismissive of the concerns of parents. Then they were shocked when parents pushed back.
Times are different post-pandemic. Parents are taking back control of school systems and demanding real education, particularly on the basics. All the social experiments being mixed into regular subjects has to stop. Rewriting history doesn’t serve students, either. Some states will have to go it on their own, apparently, in order to protect its children from unnecessary progressive propaganda.