Montana School Boards Association Leaves National Group | Montana News


HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The Montana School Boards Association voted to leave the National School Boards Association next summer, saying the organization has lost its focus on supporting local school boards offering professional development and advocating for quality education.

The Montana association is leaving in June 2022, at the end of the term for which it paid dues, executive director Lance Melton said on Tuesday.

Under the motion approved Monday, MTBSA plans to work with other state associations to create a new national organization “to respond to federal advocacy and related needs of its member school boards” in a way that “values community ownership through school board governance “and engagement of students, families and community members.

Melton said the MTSBA reluctantly renewed its membership in the National School Boards Association in July.

The final straw was a letter written by the acting CEO and chairman of the NSBA in September asking President Joe Biden for the help of federal law enforcement in dealing with threats of violence and intimidation. regarding COVID-19 requirements in schools.

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The letter was written without the knowledge of other NSBA officers, senior executives, its directors or state organizations, Melton said.

Melton said most conflict issues at school board meetings can be dealt with by local law enforcement.

School board associations in 25 states have distanced themselves from the national organization, Melton said.

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