NSBA President who said parents were domestic terrorists rewarded by Biden with Department of Education post

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After National School Board President Viola Garcia penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice calling parents upset at local school board meetings ‘domestic terrorists’, she has been rewarded with a position within the U.S. Department of Education.

The announcement came as Viola was in the process of working with the Biden administration and the Department of Justice to mobile crime-fighting resources such as the FBI to wage a war against dissent. That dissent was a result of the NSBA and the NEA’s push to include subjects such as critical race theory, gender studies, and the lobbying for face mask and vaccination mandates for students and teachers.

Garcia has served on the Aldine Independent School District Board of Trustees in Texas since 1992. She was elected president of the National School Boards Association in 2021. Garcia is an emeritus professor in the department of urban education at the University of Houston-Downtown, where she trains future teachers for local school districts. 

As a reward for a job well done, Garcia will now sit on the board that oversees the “Nation’s Report Card”.

The Governing Board is a nonpartisan body established by Congress in 1988 to oversee and set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card.” NAEP provides objective information on student performance in various subjects and for different student groups and reports on student achievement across the nation, in states, and in large urban districts.

The 26-member Governing Board is responsible for deciding which subjects NAEP assesses, determining the assessments’ content, setting achievement levels that describe student performance, and pursuing new ways to make NAEP results useful and meaningful to the public. Although the Board operates independently, NAEP law calls for members to be appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

“It is my pleasure to appoint this distinguished group of leaders to the National Assessment Governing Board,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “As we address students’ educational needs during this challenging time, I’m confident these leaders will bring the perspectives necessary to ensure the National Assessment of Educational Progress remains the gold standard in measuring student academic outcomes. The pandemic has disrupted our students’ educational opportunities and their learning, with impacts on students’ academic and social and emotional development, as well as their mental health. As we work to address students’ academic needs, we need the Nation’s Report Card now more than ever to help us understand students’ academic progress and where additional supports can be targeted, ensuring all students reach their full potential.”