An activist parent and former school board member who has trained hundreds of concerned parents across the country to present themselves to the school board told Fox News parents will not accept the “spurious” apology of the National School Board Association after comparing parents to national terrorists in a letter to the Biden administration. She predicted that the NSBA letter would only energize concerned parents.
“This is really misleading, it’s a little too late for that,” Laura Zorc, director of education reform at Building Education for Students Together (BEST), told Fox News on Saturday. “It’s almost like it’s a forced apology.”
ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS SORRY FOR THE “LANGUAGE” IN THE LETTER THAT ASSOCIATED PARENTS WITH DOMESTIC TERRORISTS
The NSBA sent the letter on September 29, warning that school boards face “physical threats” due to opposition to COVID-19 policies and critical race theory. The letter claimed that some demonstrations by unruly parents could be “tantamount to a form of domestic terrorism”.
Yet on Friday – after the Justice Department issued a memorandum apparently based on the letter – the NSBA apologized for the letter.
“On behalf of the NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter,” said the NSBA, noting that “there was no justification for some of the languages ââincluded in the letter.”
Parents at Fairfax County, Va., School board meetings wore t-shirts stating, “Parents are not national terrorists.”
Zorc told Fox News that the NSBA’s apology is “an apology for its members, it is not an apology for the parents it needs to address.”
At least 21 states have distanced themselves from the NSBA letter, according to Parents Defending Education.
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Still, Zorc said the apology is unlikely to resolve key issues.
âThe toothpaste is already out of the tube, you can’t put it back after doing something like this,â she told Fox News, noting the note from the Biden administration.
âHow do we get all of this back and make parents feel safe? Zorc asked.
Zorc, who served four years with the Indian River County School Board, helped found BEST in January 2021. She told Fox News that about 770 people have completed her training on how to present to the school board. , and more than 180 trainees have signed up to run. The organization is focusing on issues like COVID-19 school closings, school choice, and monitoring radical ideas in the curriculum, like Critical Race Theory – the same issues the NSBA mentioned.
Zorc said she had “had contact” with “many relatives” listed in the letter from the NSBA. âThat they call these parents national terrorists, I was appalled. These parents did nothing but attend school board meetings, register for their three minutes, and speak at the meeting. “
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Zorc predicted that the NSBA letter would energize parents.
“COVID-19 has been the big wake up call for parents,” she told Fox News, referring to parental outrage over extended school closures, mask warrants, vaccine warrants and Zoom courses which allowed parents to see the radical ideas teachers were pushing in the virtual classroom.
“I think the letter from the NSBA has thrown gasoline on this parent-led movement,” Zorc said. “For those parents who were starting to tire, I think this decision by the NSBA took this movement to the next level.”
She highlighted two recent events that illustrate the growing movement.
Zorc referred to the resignation of Beth Barts, a member of the Loudoun County School Board, who resigned amid allegations of covering up an alleged sexual assault in a girl’s toilet and the rise of the Republican candidate Governor Glenn Youngkin, who has championed parental rights. While Virginia had a blue streak in the last election – going to Joe Biden by 10 points in 2020 – recent polls have established that Youngkin is tied with former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
âI really think his numbers have skyrocketed because of his stance on protecting parental rights,â Zorc said. She noted McAuliffe’s infamous statement: âI don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.
âI think it sent a wake-up call to parents across the state,â Zorc said.
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âWe have so many administrators and school boards that don’t want parents to be there, but it’s our job to be there,â Zorc added.
The NSBA declined to comment further on the letter of apology.