Kentucky is now one of the latest states to distance itself from the National School Boards Association (NSBA).
In September, the NSBA sent a letter to President Biden requesting federal intervention in school board incidents, suggesting that the behavior of some parent advocates “could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” But parent organizations and state school board associations have been quick to push back, arguing that federal intervention is a step too far for issues of local control like education.
In a statement put out last week by the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA), officials were detailed and thorough in their response to the letter. From the statement:
KSBA was not informed of or asked for any input into the creation of this letter. The NSBA position and request do not reflect the considered opinion of KSBA. We believe strongly in the value of local control. Engaging with local constituents is a hallmark of democracy and disagreement expressed publicly is not new for school board members. The weight that accompanies the important decisions boards regularly make will often attract opposition and it is through this public discourse that understanding can be realized.
With this statement, Kentucky joins 17 other state board associations in distancing themselves from the NSBA.
Garris Stroud is an award-winning educator and writer from Greenville, Kentucky whose advocacy and scholarship have been recognized by USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Education Post, The Louisville Courier-Journal, and The Lexington Herald-Leader. He served as a Hope Street Group Kentucky State Teacher Fellow from 2017-2019 and became chair of the organization’s editorial board in 2018. Stroud is currently a doctoral student in educational leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, located in the heart of Kentucky’s Appalachian region. Contact him via email at [email protected].