Sunday, May 29, 2022

Report: School Board Org Wanted Biden to Send National Guard to Districts; National School Boards Association Draft Letter Requested Military Deployment to Quell Parent Protests, and related stories

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School board org wanted Biden to send National Guard to districts: report
The National School Boards Association planned to ask the Biden administration to deploy the Army National Guard and military police to school districts beset by parent protests over policies including mandatory masking and the teaching of critical race theory, an internal review has found.
The stunning request was included in a draft letter to the president from September of last year, but was ultimately removed from the final version by the NSBA’s then-CEO Chip Slaven, according to a report from Milwaukee-based law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
The letter that was ultimately sent, on Sept. 29, was signed by Slaven and then-president Viola Garcia and argued that verbal confrontations and other incidents at local school board meetings across the US constituted “acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials.”
“[T]he classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” read the letter, which went on to ask the administration to “examine appropriate enforceable actions” under a raft of legislation — including the post-9/11 Patriot Act. --->READ MORE HERE
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National School Boards Association Draft Letter Requested Military Deployment to Quell Parent Protests:
A draft version of the National School Boards Association’s September 2021 letter to the Biden administration requesting federal intervention to investigate and potentially penalize “threats” leveled by protesting parents also asked that the Army National Guard and military police be deployed to certain school districts.
“We ask that the Army National Guard and its Military Police be deployed to certain school districts and related events where students and school personnel have been subjected to acts and threats of violence,” the draft read, according to the organization’s independent review of the incident released Friday.
The NSBA enlisted a law firm to do a deep-dive into the circumstances behind the letter, which the headquarters redacted many months ago after it led to nationwide backlash and a wave of state chapter exits. In a subsequent apology, the NSBA said there “was no justification for some of the language included in the letter. We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on a communication of this significance.” --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

NSBA letter drafts called for National Guard and military to be deployed

Biden Admin Allies Contemplated Using National Guard at School Board Meetings

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