The Texas affiliate of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) left the organization on Monday amid reports that the group colluded with the White House to investigate parents as “domestic terrorists” for speaking out at meetings.
The Lone Star State is not the only one taking such action: According to a tweet by Corey DeAngelis, 23 states have now left NSBA since it sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for such investigations.
23 states have now decided to cut ties with NSBA after they sent a letter to the Justice Department to investigate parents for “domestic terrorism.” pic.twitter.com/CYPTY3RB19
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) May 24, 2022
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) issued a press release in which it said that the process of creating the letter revealed “operational deficiencies and lack of internal controls and processes within NSBA.”
Blunting free speech
The national group even went so far as to ask for the National Guard to be deployed to school board meetings to keep order, not realizing (or caring) how such an action would blunt free speech.
In response to the letter, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland used the FBI and counterterrorism tools to go after parents who had been vocal at meetings and questioned the teaching of critical race theory and in one case, a coverup of a rape by a student who identified as transgender.
Other parents were concerned about coronavirus safety protocols that kept schools shut down for prolonged periods and forced students to wear masks even though the risk of transmission was low.
While a few of the school board meetings did become contentious and some arrests were made, most of the meetings merely involved parents demanding to know what schools were teaching their children and demands that they do not teach objectionable material.
The outcry led to a debate in the country about how much say parents should have over what happens in schools, with some school board members denying that parents have any rights while children are in school.
President Joe Biden weighed in on the subject, saying at the national teacher of the year ceremony last month, “They’re all our children. And the reason you’re the teachers of the year is because you recognize that. They’re not somebody else’s children. They’re like yours when they’re in the classroom.”
Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education Act as a response to the letter. The law prevents teachers from using a curriculum that teaches LGBT material and critical race theory to kindergarten through third graders.
Florida has also removed curricula from its schools, including math books that contain statements about CRT and LGBT topics.