Biden Admin May Have Requested School Board Assoc Letter about Parents?!
A newly released email indicates Education Secretary Miguel Cardona solicited last September’s letter from the National School Boards Association which compared parents protesting at school board meetings to domestic terrorists.
In an Oct. 6 message to NSBA board member Marnie Maraldo, Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett said then-interim CEO Chip Slaven had told his fellow officers “he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.”
The email was obtained through a public records request by the group Parents Defending Education and shared with The Post. It is the first piece of evidence to suggest Cardona’s specific involvement in the NSBA letter.
In the Sept. 29 dispatch to President Biden from Slaven, he suggested that parents who object to mask mandates and the imposition of critical race theory in classrooms are engaging in “a form of domestic terrorism” and asked the administration to “examine appropriate enforceable actions” under a raft of legislation — including the post-9/11 Patriot Act.
That same day, Slaven told his fellow NSBA officers that he had been “in talks over the last several weeks with White House staff” who had “requested additional information on some of the specific threats”.
On Oct. 4, two days before the exchange between Swett and Maraldo, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the FBI would take the lead on probing what he called “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”
On Oct. 12, six days after the revelation by Swett, then-NSBA president Viola Garcia detailed in a memo that the organization had been “actively engaged with the White House, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, Surgeon General, and other federal agencies on pandemic related issues.”
Two weeks later, Garcia was selected by Cardona for a position on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees and examines student performance in a number of subjects and reports on their achievements.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education insisted in a statement that Cardona “did not solicit a letter” from Slaven.
“While the Secretary did not solicit a letter from NSBA, to understand the views and concerns of stakeholders, the Department routinely engages with students, teachers, parents, district leaders and education associations,” the spokesperson said.
What do you think about what has been uncovered?
(Excerpt from The New York Post. Photo credit: Getty Images.)
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