The Texas Association of School Boards announced Monday it will cut ties with the National School Boards Association, a decision that follows the release of a report detailing how the NSBA sent a letter to the Biden administration comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists.
In an email to school board members, TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell announced the state association's decision to disassociate itself with the national organization.
"As you know, TASB has been monitoring carefully NSBA’s efforts to rebuild trust with its members over the past eight months and awaiting the release of its independent investigation into the Sept. 29 letter," Troxell said. "While we acknowledge that improvements have been made under NSBA’s new leadership, it’s clear that those efforts don’t go far enough at this time to overcome the operational deficiencies and lack of internal controls outlined in the investigation report."
NSBA SAYS CONTROVERSIAL 'DOMESTIC TERRORISM' LETTER SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SENT
The independent report, released Friday, detailed how the letter did not run afoul of the NSBA's policies and procedures, even as numerous board members were unaware it was being drafted.
The Texas association's decision to part ways with the national organization makes it the latest state school boards association to ditch the NSBA in the months following the publication of the group's letter to the Biden administration that requested the Department of Justice to investigate protesting parents under domestic terrorism laws. The Nebraska school board association is also reportedly taking steps to leave the national group.
The NSBA's September 2021 letter was the basis for a memo issued by Attorney General Merrick Garland in October that authorized the formation of a joint FBI-DOJ task force charged with investigating threats against school board members.
The NSBA later apologized for the letter, while numerous state associations announced they would be leaving the national organization. Meanwhile, Garland refused to withdraw the memo during testimony to the House and Senate Judiciary committees, saying the substance of the NSBA's concerns was valid.
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