The House Judiciary Committee is taking a stand. On Friday, Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan officially subpoenaed the Department of Education for documents and information related to the National School Boards Association (NSBA). This is the first in a series of steps taken by the Committee to investigate the Department of Education and the NSBA for allegedly likening parents to domestic terrorists.
The subpoena requires Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to produce documents before the Judiciary Committee on March 1, 2023, at 9 a.m. ET. This comes after Jordan sent four letters to various officials on Friday, calling for information and interviews the committee had been requesting. According to the letters, the officials had been ignoring the requests and not providing the committee with the documents and information they had previously requested.
The letters were sent to Chip Slaven, former Interim Executive Director and CEO of the National School Boards Association; Nina Jankowicz, former leader of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “Disinformation Governance Board;” Viola Garcia with the National School Boards Association, and Jennifer Moore, the Executive Assistant Director for the Human Resources Branch at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Jordan gave the officials one last chance to come before the committee before sending subpoenas to the officials.
The investigation began when emails obtained by Parents Defending Education (PDE) showed that the NSBA had allegedly solicited a letter from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) likening parents to domestic terrorists. After the letter was publicized, the NBSA sent out a memo to members saying, “We regret and apologize for the letter.”
It’s clear that the House Judiciary Committee is taking a firm stance on the issue. By issuing a subpoena to the Department of Education and sending out letters to the various officials, the Committee is taking a stand and demanding answers. It will be interesting to see what comes of this investigation and what further steps the Committee takes in the coming months.