Missouri, Ohio State School Boards Drop National Org That Said Parents Complaining at Meetings Engaged in ‘Domestic Terrorism’

The state school boards in Missouri and Ohio have dropped their membership in the National School Boards Association after principal officials with the org labeled some parental behavior at school board meetings “domestic terrorism.”

The term was used in a letter from the NSBA to President Biden late last month seeking the administration’s legal and federal law enforcement assistance against parents who are increasingly showing up at school board meetings to push back on critical race theory, transgender policies, and sexually inappropriate content in school libraries, among other issues.

The late September letter from Garcia and NSBA interim Executive Director and CEO Chip Slaven addressed to President Joe Biden sought “immediate assistance” for school board members, teachers, and even students following reported threats and violence over the adoption of critical race theory materials as well as sexually explicit books in school libraries.

“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation,” the letter from NSBA President Viola Garcia and NSBA interim Executive Director and CEO Chip Slaven noted.

“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,” they added.

“Ohio and Missouri joined Louisiana and Pennsylvania in withdrawing from the national organization. Additionally, the Alabama, Florida, and Kentucky associations have all announced they are actively reassessing their membership with the national organization,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Both states “directly cited the letter from the NSBA to the Biden administration that called protesting parents domestic terrorists as the impetus for their withdrawal, strongly rebuking the organization for having sent it,” the news outlet continued.

The letter spurred Attorney General Merrick Garland to task the FBI and Justice Department with investigating allegations of parental behavior that rose to the level of a terrorist threat.

“In a letter to the NSBA, Ohio School Boards Association President Robert Heard and CEO Richard Lewis noted that the organization sent the letter to the Biden administration ‘on behalf of state associations and school board members across the nation,'” the Examiner noted, citing the letter.

“This assertion could not be further from the truth,” Heard and Lewis wrote. “OSBA was not notified of the letter, nor were we asked for our thoughts on the matter. If we had been consulted, we would have strongly disagreed with NSBA’s decision to request federal intervention as well as your claims of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

“OSBA believes strongly in the value of parental and community discussion at school board meetings and we reject the labeling of parents as domestic terrorists,” Heard and Lewis added.

The NSBA has apologized for the language used in the letter, but the fallout continues.

Meanwhile, one of the two officials from the National School Boards Association who wrote a letter to the Biden administration appearing to compare some parental actions at school board meetings to “domestic terrorism” has been appointed to a federal post.

“Viola Garcia was named by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to ​sit on the National Assessment Governing Board, which was established in 1988 and oversees and sets policy for the National Assessment of Education Progress,” the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The paper added: “That board, also known as ‘the Nation’s Report Card,’ examines student performance on a number of subjects and reports on their achievements.”​

“The 26-member Governing Board is responsible for deciding which subjects NAEP assesses, determining the assessments’ content, setting achievement levels that describe student performance, and pursuing new ways to make NAEP results useful and meaningful to the public,” a press release dated Oct. 13 from the Department of Education announcing Garcia’s appointment said.