Montana School Boards Association Leaving National Association, Forming New Group


The Montana School Boards Association is disassociating with the National School Boards Association in June 2022 when its dues run out, saying the national group has lost its focus on advocating for quality education and supporting local school boards.

MTBSA Executive Director Lance Melton made the announcement on Tuesday, and revealed that the Montana School Boards Association would make plans to work with other state associations “to meet the federal advocacy and related needs of its member school boards” in a way that “values community ownership through school board governance” and engagement of students, families and community members by creating a new national organization.

Melton said the MTSBA’s renewal of membership with the National School Boards Association last July was decided reluctantly.

The final straw, according to Melton, was a letter written by the interim CEO and NSBA president in September requesting FBI assistance with tracking down parents who might be “intimidating” or “threatening” school board members. The letter was written without the knowledge or consent of other officers within the NSBA, according to Melton.

According to Melton, 25 school board associations in various states have distanced themselves from the national organization.


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