13 State School-Board Groups Say They Were Not Consulted about Request for Federal Intervention

Glen Gibellina, representing “We The People of Manatee County,” speaks during the Manatee County School Board meeting in Bradenton, Fla., September 7, 2021. (Octavio Jones/Reuters)

Thirteen state school-board associations claim that their national headquarters never consulted them before requesting federal intervention from the Biden administration to investigate “threats” by parents to determine whether they constitute “domestic terrorism” or “hate crimes” under the Patriot Act.

Upon receipt of a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA), the Department of Justice announced it would collaborate with the FBI and federal, state, and local officials to investigate and potentially prosecute a number of reported threatening incidents in school districts around the country.

The school-board associations of 13 states, including Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and others, clarified that the NSBA never asked for their input or informed them before sending a letter demanding federal probing, the nonprofit organization Parents Defending Education (PDE) discovered.

Many of the state chapters argued in their responses to PDE that the national organization overstepped its bounds and violated the constitutional authority of local school boards to manage the public-school systems in their states.

The Virginia group wrote: “The decision by NSBA to write

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