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School Boards Association Coordinated with White House to Target Parents

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Oct. 21. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS)
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Oct. 21. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS)

Newly obtained internal emails reveal that the National School Boards Association (NSBA) coordinated extensively with the Biden administration before releasing the infamous letter that equated concerned parents with domestic terrorists.

Obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Protect the Public’s Trust, and reviewed by the Washington Examiner, the emails detail the degree to which the NSBA consulted with the White House and the Department of Education (DOE) before asking the Biden administration to use the Patriot Act to investigate parents protesting at school board meetings.

“We ask that the federal government investigate, intercept, and prevent the current threats and acts of violence against our public school officials,” the September 2021 letter 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.”

While the school boards association later apologized for the letter, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo on Oct. 4, 2021, directing law enforcement to investigate threats to school boards.

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