National School Boards Association apology 'too little, too late': Parents Defending Education president

Neily said NSBA “never should have sent” their letter, which requested federal assistance with opposition it deemed “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”  

Shortly after NSBA’s letter was sent to the White House, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum that instructed the FBI to take the lead on addressing threats against school officials.

NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION SORRY FOR ‘LANGUAGE’ IN LETTER THAT LIKENED PARENTS TO DOMESTIC TERRORISTS

“It raises a huge amount of questions about what kinds of coordination were happening behind the scenes, who asked for this letter, and how the Department of Justice was able to turn this around so quickly,” Neily said.

(Source: Oregon School Boards Association)

(Source: Oregon School Boards Association) (Oregon School Boards Association)

The apology was addressed to NSBA members, and Neily questioned whether the association would apologize to the parents who were vilified as well. 

“What about the parents?” she asked. “What about the millions of parents who were labeled domestic terrorists by this organization? We demand an apology as well.” 

The takeaway from the entire situation, Neily said, is that the NSBA is no match for parents who are upset about the curriculum being taught to their children.

“I think what this shows is that a $ 19 million trade association with direct links to the White House is no match for a group of mad moms,” she said. “There is strength in numbers.”

Neily said despite actions taken both by Garland and the NSBA, she believes parents at the grassroots level can make real change.

“There is opposition to these ideas and how these things are being shoved down our throat, it crosses party lines, it crosses racial lines, ethnic lines, and so there is a real groundswell of opposition to what is going on and I’m really optimistic that if people keep pushing, we can affect significant change,” she said. 

“And so, I’m very heartened by what’s going on, and I think this wave is going to continue.” 

Fox News’ Kyle Morris and David Spunt contributed to this report.

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