In an Oct. 5 email, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett claimed that then NSBA interim Executive Director Chip Slaven “told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cordona” [sic].
“Should this latest allegation be true,” writes Parents Defending Education, “it would confirm a shocking possibility: the Biden administration colluded with the NSBA to generate a letter designed to both mislead the public and serve as a justification for federal law enforcement — including counter-terrorism authority adopted after the 9/11 attacks — to chill the political participation of American parents by intimidating them with the possibility of an FBI investigation.”
Basically, it appears the Biden administration was involved in giving the NSBA the idea to lobby the Biden administration to target parents as domestic terrorists. Secretary Cardona is now facing calls to resign.
An apology from NSBA was issued in October, stating “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”
As my colleague Tom Steward wrote here, Kathy Green — one of two Minnesotans on the board of the NSBA — resigned her position over her objections to the controversial letter. The Minnesota School Boards Association has also left the national group, joining 18 other state affiliates who have terminated their NSBA membership.