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Original National School Boards Association letter asked Biden to deploy National Guard and Military Police

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An internal review has revealed that the National School Boards Association (NSBA) planned to ask President Biden to deploy the Army National Guard and military police to watch over parents protesting policies such as mandatory mask wearing and teaching critical race theory.

“The stunning request was included in a draft letter to the president from September of last year, but was ultimately removed from the final version by the NSBA’s then-CEO Chip Slaven, according to a report from Milwaukee-based law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP” reports the New York Post.

The letter that was ultimately sent, on Sept. 29, was signed by Slaven and then-president Viola Garcia and argued that verbal confrontations and other incidents at local school board meetings across the US constituted “acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials.”

“But the original letter — drafted Sept. 17 by Deborah Rigsby, the NSBA official in charge of lobbying and federal legislation — contained an even more egregious request” adds The Post.

“[W]e ask that the Army National Guard and its Military Police be deployed to certain school districts and related events where students and school personnel have been subjected to acts and threats of violence,” the letter read. The line was too extreme even for Slaven, who expressed his concern in an edited draft dated Sept. 22.

“[T]he classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” read the final letter, which went on to ask the administration to “examine appropriate enforceable actions” under a raft of legislation — including the post-9/11 Patriot Act.

Ultimately, the letter “precipitated an Oct. 4 order by Attorney General Merrick Garland that the FBI investigate complaints of threats against school officials from parents, caused an immediate backlash from parents and Republicans in Congress.”

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3 Comments

  1. Norman N Wilson

    May 24, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    This must never happen in America.

    I hate to burst your bubble, Marsha, but this is happening everyday in Democrat controlled AmeriKa.

  2. rbblum

    May 25, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Would never consider placing any bet that the current administration will not screw things up worse than they already have.

  3. Stephane

    May 27, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Intransigence is the only weapon imbeciles have to fight with against intelligent people!
    Intransigence is the hallmark of small minded, low IQ, tyrannical people who have no real vision of the future they promote!
    Their corruption is absolute and total!

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Harvard Reinstates Standardized Testing Requirement for Admissions

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Harvard University announcement it will reverse its test-optional policy and reinstate standardized testing as a requirement for admission. The move has stirred a contentious debate within the academic community. Effective for applicants seeking entry in the fall of 2025, Harvard College will mandate the submission of either SAT or ACT scores, with limited exceptions for circumstances hindering access to these exams.

Hoekstra contends that standardized tests provide crucial predictive insights into a student’s potential for success in higher education and beyond. By reinstating the testing requirement, Harvard seeks to gather more comprehensive data, particularly beneficial for identifying talent across diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Proponents of the move, like Harvard Kennedy School’s political economy professor David J. Deming, emphasize the universality of standardized tests, arguing that they offer a level playing field for all applicants. Deming underscores the accessibility of these tests compared to other metrics like personal essays, which may favor privileged students with greater resources.

However, the decision has sparked criticism from those who argue that standardized tests perpetuate inequities in admissions. Critics point to studies, such as those conducted by Harvard economists Raj Chetty and others, which highlight disparities in access to advanced courses and extracurricular opportunities among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The controversy surrounding Harvard’s policy shift reflects broader concerns within higher education about equity, diversity, and inclusion. While standardized testing may offer a standardized measure of academic aptitude, it also raises questions about its ability to accurately assess a student’s potential in light of systemic educational disparities.

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