Amid mounting evidence that educators, administrators, and teachers’ unions are conspiring to introduce far-left social concepts into public school curricula at practically every level, many parents have chosen to express their opposition in the form of demonstrations at local school board meetings.
In response to this trend, the National School Boards Association reportedly worked with the Department of Justice to crack down on protesting parents under the guise of protecting the public.
Attorney General Merrick Garland subsequently came under intense criticism for a memo released in 2021 that suggested parents concerned about what their children were being exposed to at school could be — at least in some situations — treated as “domestic terrorists.”
The war on parents is realhttps://t.co/Z12fx0axLP
— Bob Hoge (@Bob_Hoge_CA) March 22, 2023
The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee along with the Weaponization of the Federal Government subcommittee recently took on the topic and released a comprehensive report determining that the Justice Department had “no legitimate basis” on which to investigate parents for protesting against local school board decisions.
Instead, the congressional panels concluded that the demonstrators were merely “voicing concerns about controversial curricula and education-related policies.”
Peaceful protests are constitutionally protected forms of speech, but the report determined that “the Biden administration misused federal law-enforcement and counterterrorism resources for political purposes” in seeking to condemn parents for exercising their rights.
In fact, the investigation determined that the Justice Department’s “own documents demonstrate that there was no compelling nationwide law-enforcement justification for the Attorney General’s directive or the Department components’ execution thereof.”
As further evidence that the rhetoric used in Garland’s memo was unjustified, the report noted that “U.S. Attorney’s offices around the country” subsequently informed the agency that they could find no basis on which to use “federal law-enforcement and counterterrorism resources to investigate school board-related threats.”
Last year, Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH), who was the panel’s ranking member at the time, called out various members of the Biden administration — including President Joe Biden, whom he said “was excited about what this was, this whole process, this whole conspiracy to go after parents.”
Garland is among several federal officials — including FBI Director Christopher Wray, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and members of the NSBA — who have received subpoenas from the Judiciary Committee to provide additional testimony regarding the infamous Justice Department memo.