NEWS & ANALYSIS

Group that Called for Investigation into Parent-Activists Has Ties to Democrats, Unions


The National School Boards Association, the group that urged the Biden administration to investigate parents who speak out for the rights of their children as potential domestic terrorists, has political ties to the democratic party and labor unions. What a surprise! 

While most funding for the group comes from state school boards, the National Education Association, which is the largest teachers union and a major donor to democrat candidates, donated the last two years. 

As reported by the Daily Signal, the union contributed $68,000 in 2020 and $50,000 in 2019. 

Leaders of the National School Boards Association have also worked for and contributed directly to democrat politicians. The organization’s interim executive director and CEO Chip Slaven previously served as director of federal policy and intergovernmental affairs for then-West Virginia Gov. Robert E. Wise – a democrat. The previous executive director, Anna Maria Chavez, served numerous positions in the Clinton administration. 

As previously reported by Human Events News, the National School Boards Association wrote a letter to Biden claiming that school boards face “domestic terrorism and hate crimes” from critics of mask mandates and promoters of “propaganda purporting the false inclusion of critical race theory.” 

The letter states that threats of violence “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” it requests for a review to “examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the Patriot Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference With Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, and executive order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure.” 

Following the letter, Garland said the FBI and U.S. attorneys would have meetings with federal, state and local leaders to form “strategies for addressing threats.” And, the Justice Department said in a press release that it would create “specialized training” for school boards and administrators to identify threats, report it to law enforcement and “capture and preserve evidence” to aid in prosecutions. 

Indeed, parents whose mission it is to protest public school policies on race, gender and COVID-19 blasted Attorney General Merrick Garland for promising to “discourage” and prosecute “harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against school boards, administrators, teachers and staff.