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An organization representing public school boards across the country asked President Joe Biden on Wednesday for federal help — including law enforcement protection from the FBI — to counter the “immediate threat” to its schools from those violent. To deal with threats who oppose mask mandates and perceived teaching. “Critical Race Theory.”

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The National School Board Association (NSBA), which represents local elected school board officials who oversee more than 50 million American public school students, sent a Letter Biden called for assistance to tackle “the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation” against students, teachers and school officials.

The NSBA cited several instances of violence and intimidation by “angry mobs” at local school board meetings – including once when a man was arrested for aggravated battery and disorderly conduct – as well as the US Postal Service. And threats sent through social media were also included.

The organization seeks “joint collaboration” between the federal government, state and local law enforcement, and school officials to address threats, and seeks the “expertise and resources” of federal intelligence agencies.

Recognizing that the threats could become “a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes”, the group also wants an “expedited review” to determine how they should be classified, and calls on the FBI to “train, coordinate, investigate.” and provide enforcement mechanism.”

The group also wants the US Postal Inspection Service to “interfere” against acts of intimidation sent by mail.

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The NSBA wrote, “These threats and acts of violence are affecting our nation’s democracy at a fundamental level, causing school board members – many who are not paid – to resign immediately and/or to take their own lives,” the NSBA wrote. Discontinue your service after following the terms. “Furthermore, this escalating violence is a clear and present threat to civic participation, in which other citizens considering serving as an elected or appointed school board member have reconsidered their decision.”

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Although the alleged teaching of “critical race theory” in public schools has become a hot-button issue among Republicans, with some states passing laws against its teaching, the School Board Association opposes it as “propaganda”. did, noting the significant race the principle “is not taught in public schools and remains a complex law school and graduate school subject beyond the confines of the K-12 classroom.”

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Mask policies have become a significant controversy as a new school year gets underway amid the spread of the Delta variant, which has made children ineligible for vaccination, especially the vulnerable. State-level policies, both making masks mandatory and prohibiting mask requirements, have been against by parents and individual school districts, and local masking policies have often led to controversial school board meetings and protests. In addition to the threats of violence school officials are now facing, two school districts in Florida have withheld state funding that equaled the salaries of its school board members because districts imposed mask mandates, and The state is proceeding with possible penalties. Excessive nine districts. The Biden administration has responded by providing federal grants to schools that have dwindled in funding as they implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures.

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