A recent letter drafted by GOP Senators asks Department of Education Inspector General Sandra Bruce and U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz “to investigate the coordinated actions between the Biden Administration, NSBA, and NEA” which critics say was intended to silence parents. Senator Marco Rubio is responsible for authoring the letter, while ten other GOP senators signed their names in support.
The controversy addressed by the letter dates back to September when, in a letter requesting federal assistance, the NSBA labeled parents as “domestic terrorists.” On October 4th, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memo in response that solicited law enforcement officials to protect school administrators, officials, and teachers from “violence, threats of violence, and other forms of intimidation and harassment.” The National Education Association (NEA) then supported the memo with their own letter, rallying alongside the DOJ against parents, and even asking social media giants to censor content.
In the call for an investigation, GOP Senators write, “Therefore, we request the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General and the Department of Education Office of Inspector General to investigate the coordinated actions between the Biden Administration, NSBA, and NEA.” Supporting their request, they say:
- The NSBA and NEA are using taxpayer dollars to carry out political attacks against concerned parents.
- The actions of the NSBA and NEA should be investigated because they were threatening parents.
- There should be no toleration for intimidating concerned parents.
- Parents deserve to know the truth.
- Disagreement is never a reason to silence a disagreeing party.
- The freedoms expressed by parents are fundamental and constitutional; therefore, every individual and organization should uphold their rights.
The inspectors general have yet to respond to the proposal. The letter can be read in its entirety below: