Lawmakers call on Minnesota School Boards Association to withdraw from national org

The National School Boards Association is under fire for describing angry parents as domestic terrorists.

Parents attend a school board meeting in Sartell, Minnesota, in July.

Several state lawmakers want the Minnesota School Boards Association to withdraw from the national affiliate after it compared concerned parents to domestic terrorists.

The National School Boards Association wrote to President Joe Biden in September regarding an alleged increase in “acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials.”

The infamous letter described this alleged behavior as “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

In response, Attorney General Merrick Garland took it upon himself to sic the FBI on angry parents.

The NSBA eventually apologized for the letter, but not until after 28 state affiliates either publicly distanced themselves from the letter or cut ties with the NSBA entirely.

The Minnesota School Boards Association didn’t do either.

“Parents across the country are concerned about the activity taking place in local schools, including mask mandates and Critical Race Theory-style curriculum,” Sen. Roger Chamberlain said in a statement.

“They have every right to be involved in what their kids are being taught without being bullied or intimidated by the Department of Justice. That the national school board organization would be involved in this attack on parents is outrageous. Unless and until there is a complete leadership overhaul at the national level, the Minnesota School Boards Association must preserve the integrity of its mission by withdrawing its membership from the NSBA,” he continued.

Chamberlain led a letter last week to Kirk Schneidawind, executive director of the Minnesota School Boards Association, asking him for assurances that his organization “will not facilitate federal intervention or participate in federal involvement affecting school board meetings in our state.”

The letter, signed by seven state legislators, also calls on the Minnesota School Boards Association to end its membership in the NSBA “pending any serious reform and leadership change.”

“This shocking and unprecedented federal intervention is aimed squarely at parents and other local school district residents with the clear intention of bullying and intimidating them into silence,” says the letter. “Worse yet, it was urged on and invited by the National School Boards Association — in which the Minnesota School Boards Association holds membership — through a deceitful and defamatory letter to the White House.”

The Minnesota School Boards Association apparently urged the NSBA to withdraw its letter and issue an apology. But no formal retraction has been made and the NSBA has not asked Garland to “stand-down or otherwise desist from targeting parents and other citizens,” according to Chamberlain’s letter.