State School Board Groups Blast National Association For Exploiting Political Disputes To Attack Parents
OCTOBER 13, 2021 By Jordan Davidson | The Federalist
State school boards associations are condemning the National School Boards Association (NSBA) for mischaracterizing protests in their districts and using them to justify the involvement of federal law enforcement and domestic terrorism laws against concerned parents.
Just last month, the NSBA sent a letter to President Joe Biden begging him and his administration to prosecute and punish parents who were fed up with the radical indoctrination of their children in schools. Shortly after, the U.S. Justice Department’s Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI and state attorneys to address “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools.”
As of Wednesday, at least 14 state school board associations reported to Parents Defending Education that they were not consulted before the letter was sent to the Biden administration. Particular organizations such as the Georgia School Boards Association said the NSBA even cited incidents in their state as justification for federal overreach without asking them for input first.
“The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) was not consulted about this letter, did not provide information to NSBA, and was not informed that the letter was being sent, even though a Georgia school district was used as an example in the letter,” GSBA noted in its statement to Parents Defending Education. “GSBA supports the constitutional authority of local boards to manage and control the public schools of this state. Elected officials and appointed leadership who are closest to the community are best suited to make those decisions, especially the hard ones. … While we look for support to our state and federal governments, we do not seek the involvement of federal law enforcement or other officials in local decisions.”
While a handful of the state associations simply said they were unaware of NSBA’s letter until it was published, most state groups condemned the national association’s request to use domestic terrorism laws to target parents and said the protests they’ve experienced have not warranted law enforcement involvement beyond the local and state level.
“The DSBA disagrees, in the strongest possible terms, with parents and citizens protesting school board meetings being characterized as ‘domestic terrorists’ and their protests being likened to ‘hate crimes,’” the Delaware School Boards Association said in a statement. “The DSBA firmly asserts that citizen and public engagement in school board meetings is an integral and vital aspect of school board governance. We also made it clear that any attempt to silence citizens’ voices is a clear violation of their rights to free speech. The DSBA is an apolitical advocacy organization, and we do not engage in partisan politics.”
A few of the associations even said they support parents’ rights to protest and publicly express frustration with how their children are being taught.
“To this end, we provide extensive resources and training to our members, so school boards not only exceed the legal requirements of the Open Meetings Act, but also authentically nurture school communities where parent and community voices are welcomed,” the Texas School Boards Association wrote. “It’s natural that community members across a state as large and diverse as Texas are going to have different opinions on important K-12 issues. We think this diversity of opinion — and the ability to express it openly — makes us strong.”
The Florida School Boards Association even said that “several elements of your letter run counter to the tenets embraced by the FSBA” and that “this communication has caused serious concerns, conflict, and consternation for many of our members within the FSBA.”
“Not only has it unnecessarily distracted from the important work being carried out by our members, it has strained important local and state collaborative relationships our members have worked hard to build and maintain for years,” the FSBA reported. “If we are to ever again have a strong national federation, it must be one that eschews rhetoric, avoids partisanship, collaborates with its members, and focuses its energies on intentional impact. It must reinforce the role families and communities play in public education and underscore the importance of local school boards. It must spend its energies and efforts focused on issues and events, information, and policies that unite rather than divide. It must prioritize high governance standards and follow them.”
Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
Virginia dad vilified for defending daughter shows rot at heart of system
OCTOBER 13, 2021 By Miranda Devine | New York Post
The callousness is what is so hard to stomach from the progressive elites of Loudoun County, Virginia, the wealthy dormitory community of Washington, DC.
They laughed and cheered when plumber Scott Smith was crash-tackled by police and humiliated at a school board meeting on June 22 as he tried to raise the plight of his 15-year-old daughter, who he says was raped and sodomized in the school bathroom by a boy in a skirt. No one expressed any concern for his daughter.
There was no compassion, either, from superintendent Scott Ziegler, who claimed bafflingly at the meeting that there had been no assault in a school restroom anywhere in Loudoun County and airily dismissed parents’ concerns about the risks of transgender bathrooms. Then he gave a little woke homily to show those powerless parents in the room who really was in charge.
“Time magazine in 2016 called that a red herring … we’ve heard it several times tonight from our public speakers but the predator transgender student or person simply does not exist,” he said.
Tell that to the Smith family.
The rainbow activist who allegedly threatened Smith’s livelihood at that meeting told him point-blank his daughter’s rape three weeks earlier did not happen, as if she would know.
He raised his voice and called her a “bitch.”
For that mild response to her provocation, he was arrested. The video of his humiliation, his T-shirt ripped, his belly exposed, his pants pulled down, went viral globally.
No one cared about his shattered family.
The Soros-funded left-wing prosecutor, Buta Biberaj, reportedly a decarceration proponent, tried to get Smith jailed for his disruptive behavior.
She’s against jailing criminals but all for locking up an apolitical dad looking for accountability from a school that failed to protect his daughter.
Jeering progressives demonized and dehumanized him. They fat-shamed him on social media and toasted their success at getting him banned from the next school board meeting at which they passed their policy to turn all Loudoun County school bathrooms transgender.
Who cares if that made girls like Smith’s daughter less safe in the process?
The subterfuge might have been successful if it hadn’t been for an enterprising reporter at the Daily Wire who bothered to find out Smith’s side of the story — and a horrific tale it is.
The alleged rapist of his daughter was quietly shipped to another school, where he struck again. That’s a failure of the school system of Loudoun County, which quite obviously did not take the Smiths’ complaint seriously.
“If someone would have sat and listened for 30 seconds to what Scott had to say, they would have been mortified and heartbroken,” Smith’s attorney, Elizabeth Lancaster, told the Daily Wire.
But no one listened. Instead, Smith, 48, became the poster boy for the new “domestic terrorism” the Biden administration has concocted to destroy anyone who gets in the way of its agenda.
The left-wing activist group National School Boards Association wrote a letter to President Biden citing Smith’s case, without naming him, and urged the administration to use the Patriot Act to crack down on parents who demand a say in their children’s schools. It didn’t seem to occur to Biden that targeting disgruntled parents with legislation designed for foreign suicide bombers might be over the top.
Five days later, on Oct. 4, the obedient Attorney General Merrick Garland issued his infamous memo that sics the FBI on parents like Smith.
Again, not a thought for Smith or his daughter.
There wasn’t a word of compassion in the statement released Wednesday by Loudoun County Public Schools. Citing privacy concerns and respect for police matters, it excused itself and school board members for their silence about the Smith debacle and the false information provided to parents.
“What’s happened to Scott Smith’s daughter and the second victim is something that could happen to all of our children,” says Smith’s friend and fellow Loudoun County parent Elicia Brand. “It’s not a transgender issue. This is a child endangerment issue.
“We don’t want politics and ideologies and agendas in school … We don’t want sexually explicitly material in schools [or] normalizing pedophilia.”
She says the reason the June 22 meeting got rowdy was because the progressive school board had “stacked the deck” by opening public speaking slots a day early so that pro-transgender bathroom activists could fill the slate.
One after the other, activists spoke in favor of the unpopular policy and traduced the majority of parents in the room as bigots. One said “hate … seems to be dripping off the followers of Jesus in this room.”
When parents in the room objected, the board threatened to close the meeting and instructed them to use “jazz hands” — silent gestures instead of cheering, jeering or clapping. Then the anti-Jesus speaker was reallocated her time so she could repeat the hateful remark.
When former Sen. Dick Black finally had a chance to speak, he said it was “absurd … for teachers to call boys girls, and girls boys” and lamented that Loudoun County schools were “teaching children to hate others because of their skin color.” The crowd gave him a rousing cheer instead of using jazz hands. So the board closed down the meeting, causing uproar.
Caught amid this Kafkaesque nightmare was a father trying to protect his daughter. Too bad. He’s an inconvenient reproach to the perverted equity agenda, so he must be crushed like a bug.
Stuck in cell hell
At last, a judge, Royce Lamberth, has recognized that civil rights abuses are taking place in a Washington, DC, jail where Jan. 6 prisoners are still being held without trial. He has ordered an investigation and held the jail warden and deputy director of the Department of Corrections in contempt.
Lawyer Joe McBride has been fighting for clients he says have been subjected to months of solitary confinement and beatings and have been denied access to their lawyers, prohibited from Sunday worship and routinely have their Bibles confiscated.
But he says the one publication that is never denied them is The Final Call, the official newspaper of the Nation of Islam, “which teaches to all who will listen that whites are amongst other things, subhuman and inherently evil.”
McBride cites the Aug. 17, 2021, edition in which an article titled “Separation or Death” argues that whites are subhuman “devils” due to their “absence of color” and encourages non-whites to “curse them out and say ugly things, because they (whites) have done ugly things.”
Another article titled “America Is Falling Her Doom Is Sealed” describes America as “the Whore of Babylon” and says that blacks should “clean their homes of white people’s pictures” because they are evil.
McBride rightly questions why such racist hate propaganda is acceptable in prison where a Bible is not.
“Imagine that you are locked up for months at a time and this is all you have to read. You look down at the color of your skin and begin to hate yourself. The guards, peering over The Final Call, snarl at you, looking for the chance to beat you into submission.”
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