Three House Republicans have penned a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, demanding that he “instantly retract” an Oct. 4 memorandum that instructed the Department of Justice to investigate parents who have threatened school board members.
The letter was despatched by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and House Education and Labor Committee Ranking Member Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.
“We consider, like nearly all of Americans, that each dad or mum has a proper to be concerned of their youngster’s training,” the lawmakers said. “Second, parents who are involved about materials and curriculums in school rooms ought to be celebrated and admired, not made to really feel like villains for merely asking primary questions concerning curriculums of their native colleges.”
In the letter, the Republicans grilled Garland for his issuance of the memo after the Biden administration obtained a letter from the National School Boards Association which claimed some parental habits could quantity to home terrorism.
“Since that letter was first printed, the American public has not solely discovered that people within the Biden administration labored with the NSBA to craft that letter, however you your self admitted throughout a latest Congressional listening to that it was the one ‘supply’ you had to justify your resolution to baselessly investigate parents, chill constitutionally protected acts, and discourage their parental rights to have a say of their youngsters’s training,” the members wrote, including that it “was alarming to hear that the Department was moved to goal parents by a single letter.”
Last Friday, the National School Boards Association issued an apology for the letter it despatched to the Biden administration. “On behalf of NSBA, we remorse and apologize for the letter,” the NSBA mentioned, noting that “there was no justification for a few of the language included within the letter.”
“If the NSBA can not stand by its letter, how can the Department of Justice proceed with its actions spurred by that very same letter?” the members requested.
The Republicans additionally mentioned that “asking questions concerning the sorts of books your school district has on their library cabinets” and “inquiring about politically-charged rhetoric doubtlessly being injected into school rooms” should not examples of “home terrorism.”
“In disavowing their letter, the NSBA has deserted this practice of thought, the Department of Justice ought to as nicely,” the members concluded.