Will Montana’s School Boards Leave the National School Board Association?

Bozeman School District Meeting June 2021. Photo credit: KBZK

Calls for state school board associations to disassociate from the National School Board Association have reached a fever pitch in the wake of the NSBA’s support for the Justice Department’s characterization of “school board moms” as domestic terrorists.

While the NSBA recently apologized for its call for Merrick Garland’s Justice Department to use the Patriot Act to investigate parents for protesting the dismal state of public schools in terms of COVID restrictions and Critical Race Theory in the classroom.

Montana School Boards Association Executive Director Lance Melton revealed that the MSBA may very well have withheld dues from the national association if the letter had been sent earlier in the year. Melton told Just the News in a phone interview, “NSBA kind of went against the collective wisdom of its membership” and now must retract and apologize for the letter as “the first step” to reconciliation with its members, he said in a phone interview. “Right now we need unity.”

From Just the News’ reporting:

While Montana’s Melton doesn’t think the NSBA was trying to apply the “generic label” of domestic terrorism to all heated criticism at school board meetings, he said the national group can’t be surprised that it metaphorically set a fire by throwing a match in gasoline.

“I was underwhelmed” by NSBA’s examples of supposed criminal activity requiring a federal response, he said. One of them turned out to be a Loudoun County, Virginia father who was arrested at a school board meeting after complaining his daughter was raped in a school bathroom by a gender-fluid boy.

Even if “every one of them were valid and justified the involvement of the FBI, it would not merit being spoken on behalf of 90,000 trustees” of school districts, Melton said.

Whether or not the Montana School Boards Association will take further action or modify its relationship with the National School Board Association remains to be seen, but it is safe to say the MSBA does not agree with the stance the NSBA has taken in relation to parental involvement, and will not be supporting law enforcement targeting of Montana parents any time soon.


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