COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina School Boards Association has withdrawn from the National School Boards Association.
Cheryl Burgess, president of the state school board association, announced the withdrawal in a letter to association members sent Monday. She said the removal was made by the association’s board of directors in response to a Sept. 29 letter from the national association to President Joe Biden.
The Sept. 29 letter from National Association President Viola Garcia says school board members are facing growing threats to their policies regarding COVID-19 and the alleged teaching of critical race theory.
“As these acts of malice, violence and threats against public school officials have increased, classification of these heinous actions could amount to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” Garcia said. in the letter.
“As such, the NSBA requests joint expedited review by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Homeland Security, as well as appropriate FBI training, coordination, investigation, and enforcement mechanisms. , including any necessary state technical assistance and local coordination with its National Security Branch and Counterterrorism Division, as well as any other federal agencies with relevant jurisdictional authority and oversight.