The Biden administration and the National School Boards Association have been in hot water since news broke that the two had colluded to use “domestic terrorism” laws to wage a war on parents concerned about school coronavirus policies and left-wing curricula. The plot thickened on Monday with the revelation that the administration rewarded the NSBA’s president with a cushy education appointment just two days after she sent the infamous letter.
Purportedly to “deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation,” the NSBA sent a letter to the Biden White House on Sept. 29 begging the president to deploy law enforcement and invoke domestic terrorism laws against concerned parents, including the father of a girl who had allegedly been raped in a school bathroom by a boy in a skirt.
Just two days later on Oct. 1, NSBA President Viola Garcia began her tenure on the National Assessment Governing Board, a pivotal position within the education bureaucracy as the board decides which questions are asked on Nation’s Report Card assessment tests, which help determine federal education policies.
Garcia was one of five board members appointed by Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, as The Washington Free Beacon first reported. Biden’s Department of Education kept these appointments hush-hush for nearly two weeks until it finally sent out a press release announcing the appointees on Oct. 13.
The Biden administration appointing Garcia to the plum education post comes immediately after she and her colleagues at the NSBA colluded with the Democrat administration, which raises suspicions about whether the appointment fulfilled a presidential quid pro quo. Emails obtained and released last week by Parents Defending Education through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that the head honchos at the NSBA had actually been working with the Biden White House before the national school board group sent its official letter requesting a federal crackdown on parents, which would have mutually benefited both parties.
In a Sept. 29 email to the board, National School Boards Association CEO Chip Slaven said there had been “talks over the last several weeks with White House staff” who “requested additional information on some of the specific threats, so the letter also details many of the incidents that have been occurring.”
Garcia penned an email to the board on Oct. 2 saying the NSBA had communicated with the White House “for several weeks” to collect examples of parents protesting against local school boards.
“We felt compelled to say something when we started hearing about the threats, harassment, and acts of intimidation at school board meetings,” Garcia wrote one day after beginning her tenure at the National Assessment Governing Board.
Despite most of the incidents the NSBA cited in its letter to justify federal intervention not having escalated to arrests or charges by even local law enforcement, Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI and state attorneys to address “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools,” a spike that Garland later admitted in congressional testimony was based on the bogus NSBA letter, not on real evidence.
In an Oct. 2 email, Garcia attempted to justify her actions, saying the “pattern of threats and violence occurring across state lines and via online platforms” rapidly required “the federal government’s assistance.”
After receiving sharp blowback from parents, conservative media, GOP lawmakers, and state school board associations that condemned the “domestic terrorism” letter and said they had not been consulted or notified about it, the NSBA expressed “regret” for sending it and noted “there was no justification.”