Bombshell: Education secretary solicited school board association “domestic terror” letter about parents


WASHINGTON, DC- And the plot thickens.

Newly released emails show that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona was behind the letter sent last September from the National School Boards Association which requested federal intervention against parents protesting at school board meetings, comparing them to “domestic terrorists,” the New York Post reports.

An email shows that on October 6, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett told NSBA board member Marnie Maraldo that Chip Slaven, then serving as interim CEO of the organization had admitted to fellow officers that “he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.”

The email was obtained based on a public records request by Parents Defending Education and shared with the Post. This provides a smoking gun tying the letter directly into the Biden administration.

On September 29, Slaven wrote Biden and suggested parents objecting to mask mandates, as well as opposed to the teaching of critical race theory in schools were engaging in “a form of domestic terrorism”. 

He asked the administration to “examine appropriate enforceable actions,” including the use of the PATRIOT Act, legislation enacted in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks ostensibly to protect against international-based terrorist attacks on the homeland.

On that same day, the Post said, Slaven told fellow NSBA officers that he had been “in talks over the last several weeks with White House staff” who “requested additional information on some of the specific threats.”

Meanwhile on October 4, just two days before the exchange between Swett and Maraldo, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Department of Justice would unleash federal law enforcement assets such as the FBI to take the lead on looking into that he referred to as “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff.”

All of this despite the fact that these incidents were hardly the norm, rather the exception.

Just over a week later, on October 12, then-NSBA president Viola Garcia wrote a memo in which she said the organization had been “actively engaged with the White House, Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, Surgeon General, and other federal agencies on pandemic-related issues.”

Only two weeks after, Garcia was (not so ironically) selected for a position on the National Assessment Governing Board by Cardona. That board oversees and examines student performance in a number of subjects and reports on their achievements, the Post said.

The Post said a spokesperson for the Department of Education said in a statement that Cardona “did not solicit” a letter from Slaven, which contradicts the email Slaven had sent.

“While the Secretary did not solicit a letter from NSBA, to understand the views and concerns of stakeholders, the Department routinely engages with students, teachers, parents, district leaders and education associations,” the spokesperson said, still not answering the question about contact with the White House or Garland.

After Garland issued his October 4 order, which he has refused to walk back, Republicans slammed the attorney general and accused the administration of targeting parents using the FBI as a virtual Gestapo.

After the revelation about Cardona’s alleged involvement in the NSBA letter came about, Republicans slammed him, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who tweeted:

“Stunning. The original source of the letter lobbying the Biden admin to use the Patriot Act to target parents as domestic terrorists? THE BIDEN ADMIN ITSELF. Biden Education Secretary: in effect, ‘Please ask us to treat Moms & Dads as terrorists.’”

Rep Mike Johnson (R-LA) tweeted:

“We now know where the idea for the NSBA letter to the Biden Administration labeling parents as domestic terrorists originated: The Biden Administration.”

Meanwhile, Fox News reported that two lawmakers, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) called on Cardona to resign.

“The truth comes out,” Scott tweeted. “Woke @SecCardona asked @NSBAPublicEd to write the letter @TheJusticeDept used to mobilize the FBI to begin treating parents like domestic terrorists. Cardona should resign.”

Banks meanwhile wrote:

“It appears Biden’s Education Secretary may have helped initiate the NSBA’s now-retracted letter to the DOJ requesting they spy on parents under the Patriot Act. If true, he needs to resign.”

In Senate testimony in October, Garland refused to retract his letter, repeating the same talking points repeatedly in basically thumbing his nose at senators.

“The memo…responds to concerns about violence, threats of violence, other criminal conduct,” Garland repeated ad nauseum.

“That’s all it’s about and all it asks is for federal law enforcement to consult with, meet with local law enforcement to assess the circumstances, and strategize about what may or may not be necessary to provide federal assistance if it is necessary.”

“The language in the letter that they disavow is language that was never included in my memo and never would have been,” Garland later added. “I did not adopt every concern that they had in their letter.”

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For our original report on Garland unleashing the FBI on moms and dads, we invite you to:


We recently reported about the Biden administration letting the FBI loose on parents who show up at school board meetings to express concern about what is being taught to their children in schools, a clear violation of these parents’ First Amendment rights.

The timing of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision to use the full force of the federal government to attack those rights was extremely suspicious, given its close proximity to a request by a partisan organization for the government to do exactly that.

On Thursday, America First Legal drafted a letter to Michael Horowitz, DOJ Inspector General seeking an IG investigation into the circumstances surrounding Garland’s dictate.

As the letter notes, the Supreme Court has time after time recognized that parents have a fundamental liberty interest, as well as a constitutional right do “control and direct the education of their own children.”

Further the letter states that solely based on those fundamental rights, parents have the right to speak to their elected leaders about public school policies and practices, including but not limited to indoctrination via critical race theory, anti-family and anti-religious gender ideology and mask mandates and therefore “are entitled to the most robust federal protection.”

In addressing Garland’s draconian and unprecedented letter of October 4, 2021, accuses the Department of Justice of “committing federal law enforcement resources to inappropriately prevent parents from exercising constitutionally-protected rights and privileges.”

The letter then goes on to address a number of facts germane to their complaint:

  • Parents have protested policies implemented by public schools including “teaching or indoctrination of K-12 students in certain principles of Critical Race Theory and gender-related ideology.
  • They note that a number of Biden-supporting “stakeholders,” including the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, conspired to “oppress, threaten and intimidate parents to chill and prevent them from exercising the rights of privileges secured by the Constitution,” noting that for the most part these efforts had been ineffective.
  • “In early September, Biden Administration stakeholders held discussions regarding avenues for potential federal action against parents, with a key Biden Domestic Policy Council official (Jane Doe #1) and White House staff (John Doe #1). Stakeholders also held discussions with senior department officials, including at least one political appointee in the department’s Civil Rights Division (Jane Doe #2). Jane Doe #1, John Doe #1, and others in the White House separately expressed concern regarding the potential partisan political impact of parent mobilization and organization around school issues in the upcoming midterm elections.” [emphasis added]
  • AFL next alleged that “at the express direction of or with the express consent of Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2, and other Biden Administration officials” set about developing a scheme to use a letter “from an outside group (‘not the usual suspects’) as pretext for federal action to chill, deter, and discourage parents from exercising their constitutional rights and privileges.”
  • The legal organization next alleges “upon information and belief” that in approximately the middle of September, the neo-Marxists in the White House began working on what would eventually morph into Garland’s memorandum. While staff members (assumed to be Department of Justice) expressed concerns about both the absence of federal law enforcement “nexus and authority,” as well as “the constitutionally protected nature of parent protests” those concerns were brushed aside by Jane Doe #2, who noted “this was a White House priority, and a deliverable would be created.”
  • On September 29, 2021, the National School Boards Association, citing the Patriot Act published a letter in which they demanded “federal action against parents citing authorities” which included the Patriot Act, which was intended to investigate terror threats from foreign adversaries.The letter notes that among other alleged “violations” committed by parents which the NSBA claims mandates federal intervention included, “inter alia,’posting watchlists against school boards and spreading misinformation (sic) that boards are adopting critical race theory curriculum and working to maintain online learning by haphazardly attributing it to COVID-19.’”

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AFL noted that it wasn’t definitively known “whether and to what extent drafts of this letter were shared with Biden Administration officials, including Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2, and whether changes were suggested or made by them” prior to the release date of Garland’s statement.

  • Garland’s Memorandum was publicized on October 4. With only five days between the September 29 letter of the NSBA and Garland’s letter, it is suggested that the whole thing was “pre-coordinated and the September 29 but pretext, or that the normal clearance process and standard order both within the department (including legal sufficiency review by the Office of Legal Counsel, the Civil Rights Division, the Criminal Division, the Office of Legal Policy, and other components), and between the department and the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Management and Budget, were bypassed or corrupted.
  • “On October 5, there was a follow up call involving, inter alia, the White House Counsel’s Office, Jane Doe #2, and many other Biden Administration political and career officials. The briefing included how to talk about ‘equity’ initiatives, to avoid liability for violating discrimination laws, and, critically, to hide ‘equity’ measures, initiatives, and action from Freedom of Information Act disclosure.” In other words, AFL alleges, it appears all of this was done in order to “evade public scrutiny of these Biden Administration activities.”

AFL closed and asked Horowitz to investigate whether or not Garland’s threatening memo “was formulated and issued based on improper considerations.”

“At this point, the dangers inherent in the undue politicization of the department’s criminal and civil law enforcement authorities, and in the corruption of the department’s standard order and process, should be evident.”

Stay tuned to this one, folks. While we cannot be 100% certain who Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 are, it is “reasonable” to assume that Jane Doe #1, a “key Biden Domestic Policy Council official” is Susan Rice, and Jane Doe #2, a “political appointee in the department’s [DOJ] Civil Rights Division,” is Kristen Clarke, who heads the Civil Rights Division in the DOJ. Finally, John Doe #1, merely identified as only “White House staff,” could be Biden’s White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.

As noted, we do not know the specific identities of these officials but if you do the math, it makes sense exactly who these people are.

If indeed this whole scheme was hatched inside the White House and the plan was to “use a letter from an outside group (‘not the usual suspects’) as a pretext for federal action,” the way this whole thing shook out, this is a bombshell of epic proportions. 

That is backed up by a letter from the previously unknown National School Board Association instead of the National Education Association or the American Federation of Teachers. That being used as a pretext, shows that the White House conspired to use the Department of Justice to attack parents and shut them up.

If this happened under a Republican, the attorney general would have already been dismissed and the impeachment papers for the president drawn up. We are living in very scary times.

In case you missed our report on the original letter from the National School Board Association, we invite you to:


WASHINGTON, DC –  The National School Boards Association is asking for assistance from federal law enforcement to protect teachers and community members from the “immediate threat” of parents, stating that schools across the nation are facing threats of violence over mask mandates and Critical Race Theory.

In a letter sent Thursday to President Biden,  the National School Boards Association (NSBA) said school board members, officials and students across the nation are facing an increased amount of malice, violence and threats that amount to “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

The six-page letter sent by NSBA and signed by Viola Garcia and Chip Slaven, the group’s president and interim executive director, said:

“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat. The National School Boards Association (NSBA) respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.

“The National School Boards Association respectfully asks for federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”

The Association said schools across the nation struggling to cope with the pandemic recovery have been targeted by threats and attacks because of mandates requiring children to wear masks and arguments over Critical Race Theory (CRT).

CRT is an academic framework centered on the idea that racism is systemic, and not just demonstrated by individual people with prejudices.

The theory holds that racial inequality is woven into legal systems and negatively affects people of color in their schools, doctors’ offices, the criminal justice system and countless other parts of life, as defined by The Washington Post.

In the letter, the NSBA wrote:

“NSBA believes immediate assistance is required to protect our students, school board members, and educators who are susceptible to acts of violence affecting interstate commerce because of threats to their districts, families, and personal safety.

As our school boards continue coronavirus recovery operations within their respective districts, they are also persevering against other challenges that could impede this progress in a number of communities.

“Coupled with attacks against school board members and educators for approving policies for masks to protect the health and safety of students and school employees, many public school officials are also facing physical threats because of propaganda  purporting the false inclusion of critical race theory within classroom instruction and curricula.

This propaganda continues despite the fact that critical race theory is not taught in public schools and remains a complex law school and graduate school subject well beyond the scope of a K-12 class.”

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The claim that CRT is only taught in advanced college settings is misleading. The United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution during its annual convention last month that pledged to support CRT teaching in K-12 schools. The resolution stated:

“NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the nation’s mayors support the implementation of CRT in the public education curriculum to help engage our youth in programming that reflects an accurate, complete account of BIPOC history.”

The NSBA also thanks President Biden for his “leadership to end the proliferation of COVID-19 in our communities and our school districts,” while requesting federal law enforcement to protect school officials who enact the policies of the administration from parents involving opposition to the mandates and policies:

“Now, we ask that the federal government investigate, intercept, and prevent the current threats and acts of violence against our public school officials through existing statutes, executive authority, interagency and intergovernmental task forces, and other extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of our children and educators, to protect interstate commerce, and to preserve public school infrastructure and campuses.”

The Association is asking for federal protection as they try to enforce mask mandates, which have been a flashpoint at school board meetings.

In addition, parents and community members have flooded school board meetings across the country expressing anger and resentment over CRT being included in K-12 school curriculum. In the letter, the NSBA cited several incidents across the nation regarding mailed threats and threats on social media.

On behalf of 90,000 school board members in the United States who govern 14,000 public school districts across the nation, the NSBA said it is requesting the U.S. Justice and Homeland Security departments, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Secret Service, to track and investigate risks to students, educators, board members and campuses:

“NSBA specifically solicits the expertise and resources of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, and its National Threat Assessment Center regarding the level of risk to public schoolchildren, educators, board members, and facilities/campuses.”

The NSBA also asked President Biden to issue an executive order  to protect school officials and school board members from parents:

“NSBA requests that such review examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, the PATRIOT Act in regards to domestic terrorism, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, the Conspiracy Against Rights statute, an Executive Order to enforce all applicable federal laws for the protection of students and public school district personnel, and any related measure.

“As the threats grow and news of extremist hate organizations showing up at school board meetings is being reported, this is a critical time for a proactive approach to deal with this difficult issue.”

When asked about the letter during a White House press conference on Thursday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration takes school security seriously, but local law enforcement is already protecting schools:

“Obviously, there are going to be different law enforcement authorities that will be related to each community and — where this is happening, so we’d certainly refer you to them about any specific threats. And we’d encourage individuals to report any threats they face to local and state law enforcement agencies. And we’re continuing to explore what more can be done from across the administration.

“But again, a lot of this will be local law enforcement and how they can help ensure these school board members feel protected.”

However, the U.S. Attorney General issued a memorandum on Monday targeting dissent aimed at school boards by parents and other community members. In the startling memorandum, Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered:

“In recent months, there has been a disturbing spoke in harassment. intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools… Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values…

“The Department takes these incidents seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate.”

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