“정말 불합리하다, 그러기엔 조금 늦었다,” 로라 조크, 학생을 위한 교육을 함께 만드는 교육 개혁 이사 (베스트), 토요일 인터뷰에서 폭스 뉴스에 말했다. “It’s almost as if it’s a forced apology.”
NSBA sent the letter on September 29, warning that school boards face “physical threats” due to opposition to COVID-19 policies and critical race theory. The letter claimed that some unruly parent protests may be “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.”
Yet on Friday – after the Department of Justice had issued a memorandum apparently based on the letter – NSBA issued an apology for the letter.
“On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter,” 그만큼 NSBA said, noting that “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”
Zorc told Fox News that the NSBA apology is “an apology to their membership, it’s not an apology to the parents it needs to be going to.”
적어도 21 states had distanced themselves from the NSBA letter, 에 따르면 교육을 옹호하는 부모.
Yet Zorc said the apology is unlikely to solve the key issues.
“The toothpaste is already out of the tube, you can’t put it back in after doing something like this,” 그녀는 폭스 뉴스에 말했다, noting the Biden administration’s memo.
“How do you take all that back and make parents feel safe and secure?” Zorc asked.
Zorc, who served four years on the Indian River County School Board, helped found BEST in January 2021. She told Fox News that about 770 people have completed her trainings on how to run for school board, and more than 180 trainees have committed to running. The organization focuses on issues like COVID-19 school closures, 학교 선택, and watching out for radical ideas in the curriculum, like critical race theory – the very issues that NSBA mentioned.
Zorc said she has “had contact” 와 “many of the parents” listed in the NSBA letter. “For them to call these parents domestic terrorists, 나는 소름이 돋았다. These parents have done nothing but go to school board meetings, sign up for their three minutes, and speak at the meeting.”
Zorc predicted that the NSBA letter will energize parents.
“COVID-19 was the great awaking for parents,” 그녀는 폭스 뉴스에 말했다, referencing parental outrage over prolonged school closures, 마스크 의무, vaccine mandates, and Zoom classes that allowed parents to see the radical ideas teachers were pushing in the virtual classroom.
“I think the NSBA letter has thrown gasoline on this parent-led movement fire,” Zorc explained. “For the parents that were growing weary, I believe this move by the NSBA has bushed this movement to the next level.”
She pointed to two recent events that illustrate the growing movement.
Zorc referenced the resignation of Loudoun County School Board member Beth Barts, WHO stepped down amid allegations of a cover-up of an alleged sexual assault in a girls’ restroom, and the rise of Republican gubernatorial candidate 글렌 영킨, who has championed parental rights. While Virginia has trended blue in recent elections – going to Joe Biden by 10 포인트 2020 – recent polls have Youngkin tied with Democrat former Gov. 테리 맥컬리프.
“I definitely think that his numbers have skyrocketed because of his position on protecting parental rights,” Zorc said. She noted McAuliffe’s infamous statement, “나는 부모가 학교에 가르쳐야 할 것을 가르쳐야 한다고 생각하지 않습니다.”
“I think that sent a red flag to parents across the state,” Zorc said.
“We have so many administrators and school boards that don’t want the parents there but that’s our job to be there,” Zorc added.
NSBA declined to comment further about the apology letter.