A major scandal erupted last year when the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Joe Biden likening concerned parents at local school board meetings to “domestic terrorists” and called for federal law enforcement to arrest and prosecute parents as such.
Now a total of 25 state-level affiliate school board associations have severed ties with the national organization in response to that scandal, with the Nebraska Association of School Boards being the latest affiliate to announce that it would no longer pay its annual dues, the Daily Wire reported.
The NSBA had apologized for the September 2021 letter after it received substantial blowback, but the damage had already been done and was further compounded after an independent investigation revealed that the letter had been conspiratorially devised solely by top NSBA officials and the Biden White House without any consultation with its board of directors or state affiliates.
Nebraska becomes 25th state to cut ties with NSBA
The Omaha World-Herald reported Saturday that the board of directors for the Nebraska Association of School Boards had voted to formally cut ties with the NSBA less than a month after its executive committee had voted to recommend the cancellation of the affiliation.
NASB President Brad Wilkens confirmed to the local media outlet that the Nebraska organization would not pay its annual dues this year that would have been paid no later than June 30.
According to a press release from a grassroots organization known as Parents Defending Education, Nebraska is now the 25th state to fully cut ties with the NSBA in response to the scandalous letter that compared parents speaking out at school board meetings to “domestic terrorists” who were allegedly committing “hate crimes” against school board members.
In total, 30 state associations have now, at the very least, distanced themselves from the NSBA and either already announced a formal disassociation or revealed plans to do so in the near future in condemnation of the national organization’s anti-parent actions.
The 25 states that have fully cut ties with the NSBA include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Parents at school board meetings are equivalent to “domestic terrorism and hate crimes”
The Daily Wire noted that the most scandalous part of the NSBA’s Sept. 2021 letter to President Biden was a section that read: “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.”
That letter called for assistance from federal law enforcement and even federal prosecution under the Patriot Act and other federal statutes against parents who were alleged to have harassed and threatened school board members during contentious public meetings.
As noted, an investigation later revealed that the letter had been coordinated ahead of time with senior White House advisers and had been drafted by then-interim CEO and executive director Chip Slaven without any consultation or input with other executives, the board of directors, or member state associations.
Meanwhile, the outlet further noted that Senate Republicans have set their sights on Attorney General Merrick Garland, who issued a supportive memo in response to the letter, and intend to question him about what sort of role, exactly, he and the Justice Department had played in the clear effort to intimidate and silence concerned parents exercising their First Amendment-protected rights at local school board meetings.