The National School Boards Association (NSBA) apologizes for the letter to the White House asking for federal help with disapproving parents.
“On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter,” they wrote in a memorandum to members on Friday, Oct. 22.
“… There was no justification for some of the language included in the letter. We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on a communication of this significance,” it continued.
NSBA also included acknowledgment of respect to parents’ opinions in its apology.
“As we’ve reiterated since the letter was sent, we deeply value not only the work of local school boards that make important contributions within our communities, but also the voices of parents, who should and must continue to be heard when it comes to decisions about their children’s education, health, and safety,” the letter said.
On Sept. 29, the NSBA issued a letter to the Biden administration alleging they were being threatened by parents who opposed the implementation of Critical Race Theory, a Marxist-originated curriculum, and COVID-19 mandates.
It had not been known to what extent the parents have turned hostile to the educators, but the letter alleged their actions were a form of “domestic terrorism.”
“As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” the September letter read.
Five days later, Attorney General Merrick Garland responded with a promise to have the FBI involved in countering the allegedly aggravated parents.
The move received strong backlashes from state members, with the Washington Times reporting nearly 20 of 47 state school board associations broke ties with the group.
“OSBA believes strongly in parental engagement, the value of our partnerships with local law enforcement and rejects the labeling of parents as domestic terrorists,” said the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) in a statement.
More than a dozen state attorneys general also issued a letter criticizing the Biden administration for downplaying parents’ voice in their children’s education.
“Concerned parents passionate about their kids’ education are not terrorists,” wrote Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita in the letter, according to InForney. “The Biden administration and its special-interest allies need to dial down the rhetoric and respect the rights of parents to be heard.”
The letter was joined by other attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.