Florida School Boards Association denounces national group's call for federal involvement in parent protests


The Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) is pushing back against a call from its national counterpart for the federal government step in and assist with handling threats to school officials.

While the FSBA says it has "great concern" for the safety of board members and school officials following recent reports of threats and protests, it does not fully agree with a letter sent by the National School Boards Association to President Joe Biden's administration, which urged the federal government to begin "monitoring the threat levels" against school officials and claimed that "public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat."

In a letter sent by the state association to leaders of the NSBA on Monday, the FSBA claimed the national organization made its request to the federal government "without consultation of our association or your own board of directors" and called for "a review of NSBA leadership."

"FSBA strongly encourages a review of NSBA leadership and its processes, as well as urges a public acknowledgment of the federal overreach expressed in your letter," wrote Andrea Messina, executive director of 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 letter stated that the infringed upon relationships included the state's "Governor, Legislature, local law enforcement, communities, and our members questioning our commitment to the First Amendment rights of citizens, which we ... (Read more)

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