Education Secretary Cardona solicited NSBA letter comparing protesting parents to domestic terrorists: email

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FIRST ON FOX: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona solicited the much-criticized letter from the National School Boards Association that compared protesting parents to domestic terrorists, according to an email exchange reviewed by Fox News. 

The email exchange indicates Cardona was more involved with the letter’s creation than previously known. 

The controversial NSBA letter followed a "request" from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, according to emails reviewed by Fox News Digital.
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In the Oct. 5 email, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett recounted that NSBA interim CEO Chip Slaven “told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.”

Previous emails had revealed that the NSBA was in contact with the White House and Justice Department in the weeks before it publicly sent the letter. 


The emails were obtained by the parents group Parents Defending Education in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  

“Should this allegation be true, it would reveal that this administration’s pretextual war on parents came from the highest levels,” PDE President Nicole Neily told Fox News Digital. 

Miguel Cardona speaks after President-elect Joe Biden announced him as his nominee for education secretary on Dec. 23, 2020.
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“Attorney General Merrick Garland unequivocally stated that he based his memo on the NSBA’s letter – which in turn, mobilized the FBI and US Attorneys,” Neily added. “If Secretary Cardona was truly involved in this ugly episode, it is a significant breach of public trust, and he should be held accountable.” 

Cardona previously served as Connecticut’s education secretary, where he said he wanted teachers “becoming more ‘woke’” and promoted resources on “microaggressions.” 

The Education Department and the NSBA didn’t immediately provide comment. 

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