Kentucky, Wisconsin, Alabama State School-Board Groups Disassociate From National Organization After DOJ Note


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Three more chapters of the state school board, including those from Kentucky, Alabama, and Wisconsin, ended their relationship with the National School Board Association during its letter to the Biden administration calling for federal intervention to penalize parents who protest at school board meetings.

In response to the letter, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a note saying it would deploy the FBI in partnership with federal law enforcement to investigate and potentially prosecute parents found guilty of threats to school administrators.

The number of state school board associations that have disassociated from headquarters now stands at eleven, including Florida, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, according to a compiled database from Parents who stand up for education.

Rather than terminating its membership entirely, a decision its statute technically prohibits, the Alabama chapter retained its NSBA for the remainder of the year.

“AASB has withheld its NSBA membership dues for the current membership year, although AASB’s charter requires that it be a member of the NSBA. However, at the AASB’s annual business meeting in December, delegates from each state school board will vote on a proposed amendment to the AASB’s statute to give the AASB’s board of directors authority to determine membership in the AASB. ‘NSBA, ”the statement read.

On Wednesday, the Kentucky branch confirmed it had severed ties with the NSBA, citing grievances with “a pattern of dysfunction within the organization.” A spokesperson for the Kentucky group told the Courier diary that she “opposed the tone, the incendiary language and some characterizations made within” the NSBA letter to President Biden describing the parents as potential “domestic terrorists.”

On November 5, the Wisconsin chapter ended its participation in NSBA programs and activities, but left open the possibility that it could re-enter if the organization restructured in a way more compatible with its mission.

Unfortunately, the NSBA unnecessarily caused substantial controversy over this case, which negatively impacted relationships between school boards, parents and community members. Such actions are not in line with WASB policies and programs or with its mission to support, promote and advance public education, “reads the letter of departure.

“In the coming months, the Board of Directors will closely monitor the NSBA’s actions and conduct as it seeks a new executive director for its association, restructures its leadership to rebuild a culture of trust and transparency, and takes steps to ensure it is supporting the core mission of state school board associations and their local school boards, ”he continued.

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