By Joseph Summers
The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) announced Monday that it will be cutting ties with the National School Board Association (NSBA). The decision was announced following a special board meeting and an independent investigation into the NSBA’s letter to the Biden Administration asking it to treat parents who air grievances at their local school board like domestic terrorists.
“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,” wrote TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell in an email directed to board members.
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“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,” Troxell wrote.
According to the investigation, the letter sent by NSBA to the Biden Administration was “principally directed, reviewed and approved by” former NSBA interim director and CEO Chip Slaven, and that Slaven was responsible for the “origin and substance of the letter.” The investigation also concludes that the letter was neither widely reviewed or approved by members, nor disclosed to all NSBA’s board of directors and members.
While the investigation concludes that Slaven and the White House could have collaborated on the letter, it “did not find direct or indirect evidence suggesting the Administration requested the letter.” Emails obtained by FOX News last year showed that NSBA officials and the White House had worked for months before in collaboration of the letter’s contents before it was finally sent.
Following the letter from NSBA, Attorney General Merrick Garland instructed the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to investigate parents protesting school board COVID policies and critical race theory in school curricula. According to whistleblowers, the FBI launched dozens of investigations into parents in the wake of Garland’s memo, including a father for appearing to be “insurrectionist” and a mother who belonged to a conservative group and owned guns.
While the NSBA apologized for sending the letter last October, Garland refused to rescind the memo when asked in a Senate committee hearing shortly thereafter.
“With this report now available, it’s clear that NSBA’s internal processes and controls do not meet the good governance practices that TASB expects and requires in a membership organization,” Troxell said in a statement.
TASB is the thirtieth school board organization to announce that it is cutting ties with NSBA following the October letter, joining Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, and others.