The Pennsylvania School Boards Association unanimously voted to withdraw from the National School Boards Association recently after an incident involving a letter to President Biden.
The NSBA sent a letter to Biden towards the end of September in which it discussed threats lobbied at school boards. There has been growing tension between teachers, parents and school boards over COVID-19 mask policies and critical race theory. The PSBA noted that the recent letter to President Joe Biden suggested protests from parents at board meetings might start to rise up and form domestic terrorism.
“The Pennsylvania School Boards Association was not consulted prior to the letter being sent by the National School Boards Association to President Biden. We were not asked for input nor discussion on its content,” stated Annette Stevenson, the PSBA chief communications officer, in a statement to the Deleware Valley Journal. A total of 11 school boards are leaving the National School Boards Association after the request was made.
Attorney General Merrick Garland replied to this, sending a memo that warned of “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against schools. He also asserted that the Department of Justice will “discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute when appropriate”.
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association sent out an internal memo stating “PSBA membership in NSBA should bring value and support to our organization and local school directors.” They continued to say that, “The value of NSBA federation membership has been questioned numerous times over the past several years,” going on to say, “the most recent national controversy surrounding a letter to President Biden suggesting that some parents should be considered domestic terrorists was the final straw” [NewsBreak].