House Republicans have demanded that Biden, Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona, turn over all communications with the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House about the NSBA letter. sent to President Joe Biden who asked him to designate parents at school board meetings as possible “domestic terrorists.”
— House Justice GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) Nov 16, 2021
In a letter to Cardona Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Republican leader of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who serves in the same capacity on the House Committee on Education and Labor, wrote both are:
[…] continue to investigate the Biden administration’s troubling attempts to use federal law enforcement’s crackdown on concerned parents at local school board meetings and cool their protected First Amendment activity.
The letter was also sent as Jordan revealed to US Attorney General Merrick Garland Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have received documents from a whistleblower stating that the FBI is using counter-terrorism tactics to investigate parents deemed potential “domestic terrorists” while raising concerns about the education of their children at local school board meetings.
Those documents, which allege the FBI adds “threat tags” to parents, appear to contradict Garland’s testimony on Oct. 21 at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, in which he said the Justice Department and the FBI were not using counter-terrorism tools. to examine parents. school board meetings.
— House Justice GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) Nov 16, 2021
In a blatant abuse of power, President Biden’s Justice Department is using the FBI’s criminal and counterterrorism assets to attack parents.
Attorney General Garland must testify under oath about the discrepancies regarding his guidelines regarding investigating parents.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 17, 2021
Where is Biden’s DOJ?
“A left-wing Texan ‘revolutionary’ warned parents at a school board meeting that next time he would bring 1,000 ‘closed and charged’ allies to confront anyone who questions critical race theory, shocking videos show.”https://t.co/I51ehFa2OL
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) Nov 16, 2021
Jordan and Foxx reminded Cardona that he testified in a Senate hearing on Oct. 1 that “parents should not be the ‘prime stakeholder’ in their children’s education.”
“At the time of your statement, the Biden administration, including the Department of Education, was working with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to orchestrate federal law enforcement action against concerned parents,” they claimed.
Education sec. Will not say that parents are “primary” stakeholders in children’s education pic.twitter.com/SWLlXh6MGx
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 1, 2021
Republican lawmakers cited the NSBA letter to Biden in which the organization’s top officials, Viola M. Garcia, Ed.D., NSBA president, and Chip Slaven, Esq., NSBA interim director and CEO, wrote that “malice , violence, and threats” against school officials “may be the equivalent of some form of domestic terrorism or hate crimes.”
The NSBA letter suggested Biden would use federal laws such as the Patriot Act to determine whether parents who express concerns about things like mask mandates and teaching Critical Race Theory principles could be identified as possible “domestic terrorists.”
“Notably, as an example of domestic terrorism, the NSBA cited an incident in which a father angrily confronted members during a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, about his daughter’s horrific sexual assault,” Jordan and Foxx wrote, claiming that:
Concerned parents who express their strong opposition to controversial curricula in local schools are not domestic terrorists. Parents have the undisputed right to direct the upbringing and education of their children. When parents cross the line to commit an act of violence or express a criminal threat, state and local authorities are best equipped to deal with these violations of state law. We must not tolerate the Biden administration’s collusion with a special interest group to use the federal law enforcement apparatus to intimidate and silence parents.
“The role of the Department of Education in this misguided effort to address concerned parents requires immediate attention from Congress,” the two Republicans told Cardona, requesting all documents related to communications with the NSBA, DOJ and the White House regarding the NSBA letter to send to them. later than 30 Nov.
Among the documents requested from Cardona are those “between or between employees or staff of the Department of Education and White House employees or staff in connection with Viola Garcia’s nomination to the National Review Board.”
Two weeks after NSBA sent its letter to Biden, the Education Department announced On Oct. 13, it had appointed Garcia to the National Assessment Governing Board, a top position that oversees the topics students are tested on in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, otherwise known as the Nation’s Report Card.
if @NSBAPublicEd sent the “domestic terrorism” letter to President Biden, NSBA President Viola Garcia was appointed to a prestigious position at the US Department of Education. This should be investigated. Join us & email @usedgov here: https://t.co/4hLGkX7tm0
— Parents Defending Education (@DefendingEd) Nov 8, 2021
In emails obtained through a public filing request, the grassroots organization Parents Defending Education (PDE) found that the White House was already “actively involved” with NSBAs Garcia and Slaven prior to the group’s letter to Biden.
In an internal memo, Garcia informed state association executives that a meeting with the White House had taken place on Sept. 14, two weeks before NSBA officials sent their letter to Biden.
“NSBA has been actively involved with the White House, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Surgeon General and other federal agencies,” she wrote.
On October 4, Garland’s office announced An memorandum would be widely shared by the entire Justice Department that Garland instructed all U.S. law firms and local FBI offices to contact local and state law enforcement officials to discuss efforts on the “disturbing trend” of parental threats. coordinate, as described by NSBA within 30 days of the memorandum.
Since NSBA wrote its letter to Biden, PDE notes that 26 state school board associations have done so distant itself from NSBA.
In addition, PDE found that 11 states have taken further action by cutting ties with NSBA completely or withdrawing their membership fees.
The NSBA’s own board of directors renounced the letter sent to Biden by Slaven and Garcia, writing on October 22 that they are “sorry and apologies” for its contents.