State school boards associations in both Montana and South Carolina have voted to withdraw from the National School Boards Association, following an inflammatory letter that asked the federal government to weaponize “domestic terrorism” laws against concerned parents.
UPDATE: 23 state school boards associations have now distanced themselves from the National School Boards Association.
7 of those states have discontinued membership because of the NSBA letter to Biden. pic.twitter.com/rOTyWPiezf
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) November 8, 2021
Thirty-five state lawmakers in South Carolina signed a letter on Nov. 1, urging the state chapter to withdraw from the NSBA. Soon after, the South Carolina chapter decried the national organization for the letter, which was crafted in collusion with the Biden White House. Although the NSBA apologized for inappropriate language, the organization has not tried to remedy the effects of the letter, according to South Carolina School Boards Association leadership.
“Over the past few weeks, SCSBA leadership has carefully monitored NSBA’s actions, advocating and watching for a clear path forward and affirmative steps to address the damage done in relation to NSBA’s September 29 letter to President Joe Biden,” SCSBA President Cheryl Burgess wrote in a letter. “NSBA has taken few steps to mitigate the negative impact of the letter on many states including South Carolina. On the whole, the Board felt it was in the best interest of SCSBA’s membership to sever ties with NSBA at once.”
The Montana School Boards Association will formally leave the NSBA in July 2022, as the state association already renewed its membership in July of this year. The Montana association specified that its reason for dissociating was the NSBA’s call to mobilize federal agents against parents who questioned school curriculum and policies.
“The final straw was a letter written by the interim CEO and NSBA president in September asking President Joe Biden for federal law enforcement assistance to deal with threats of violence and intimidation over COVID-19 requirements at schools,” the Montana School Boards Association wrote.
Attorney General Merrick Garland used the letter as evidence of rising threats of violence and as justification for siccing the FBI on parents who attended school board meetings to question critical race theory in curricula and other objectionable policies.
NSBA officers wrote the letter without consulting or notifying its state organizations, spurring backlash from at least 23 states that have distanced themselves from the national organization including seven that have completely dissociated from the NSBA explicitly because of the “domestic terrorism” letter.