A report from Breitbart claims that newly released emails show top officials at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) worked directly with the Biden White House on their recent letter to the president asking him to direct federal law enforcement resources toward targeting parents at school board meetings.
According to Breitbart, emails obtained via a public records request by the Parents Defending Education (PDE) indicated the letter wasn’t cleared by other members of the NSBA board before being delievered to the White House.
In it, the NSBA specifically called out parents who have been passionately voicing their concerns about educational practices at local school board meetings across the country.
“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” the group wrote.
In response to the group’s letter, Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would be investigating acts of so-called domestic terrorism by parents of public school students. But not everyone is happy with this outcome.
According to The Daily Wire, the PDE obtained copies of emails between members of the NSBA’s board, including NSBA president Viola Garcia and NSBA CEO Chip Slaven. One of the messages reportedly reveals that Slaven and Garcia had been “in talks over the last several weeks with White House staff” before they sent the letter to Biden on Sept. 29.
It’s a message that apparently caught other leaders in the group off guard. According to Breitbart, John W. Halkias, a director from the NSBA’s Central Region, wrote in a statement soon after the letter was released:
Many of us have been put in a position now of explaining or defending this action of our association as we are asked by members of our community if we consider them domestic terrorists for showing up to our meetings and expressing their opinions. [W]hile I believe the intent was good, unfortunately, instead of helping our members and working to decrease the tensions and hostility that many of us are facing, we seem to have fanned those flames of hostility and division.
Accordingly, Halkias said he and other board members “should have been consulted before a letter like this was sent out publicly, and no less to the President of the United States and the National Press.”
The letter, he added, “went beyond what many of us would consider to be reasonable and used terms that were extreme.”
The latest on Garland
This all comes following recent testimony from the attorney general to Congress. Speaking to the House Judiciary Committee, Garland admitted that his decision to have the FBI investigate parents at school board meetings was based on little more than what the NSBA had told him.
“Well, the National School Board Association, which represents thousands of school boards and school board members, says that there are these kinds of threats,” Garland said, according to The Federalist.
Many have argued that this proves Garland is politicizing the Department of Justice (DOJ) and using the FBI to silence opinions that are in disagreement with the political left. But when it comes to accountability, I’d keep my expectations low.