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The National School Boards Association’s early demands to the White House included calling for the deployment of the Army National Guard and military police to monitor school board meetings, according to an initial draft letter from the review. independent of the organization published on Friday.
Unlike the final version, the NSBA’s draft letter said, “We are requesting that the Army National Guard and its military police be deployed to certain school districts and related events where students and school personnel have been victims of acts and threats of violence. .”
The NSBA originally sent a letter to President Biden in September 2021 asking that parents who protest at school board meetings be vetted at the federal level, saying school officials faced threats and violence during school board meetings. meetings. More significantly, the NSBA requested in its initial letter that the parents’ actions be reviewed under the PATRIOT Act as “domestic terrorists.”
Then, on Oct. 4, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum directing the FBI to work with state and local leaders to address “threats to school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” “. He went on to say that this collaboration will “open up dedicated lines of communication for reporting, assessing and responding to threats.”
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The NSBA’s first draft also called parents “plotters who target schools and educators.”
Another removed section casts doubt on the teaching of critical race theory in schools. He said: “A growing number of public school officials are facing physical threats due to propaganda claiming the inclusion of critical race theory in school instruction and curricula.”
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The independent review also showed collaboration between the NSBA, the White House and the Department of Justice as well as internal responses to the rapid return.