On February 3rd, U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, along with Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray, following a brouhaha over a since-disavowed September 2022 letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to the administration.
In the letter, the organization asked the administration to look into threats against school boards that it called “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” Jordan, (R – Ohio), subpoenaed the officials for “withheld documents” concerning the administration’s “targeting of parents for exercising their First Amendment rights at school board meetings.” Following the NSBA letter, 19 mostly Republican states exited the organization.
The NSBA also issued a formal apology in an Oct. 22, 2022 letter to Biden. “To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue,” the NSBA said in its apology. “However, there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”

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