Woodstock, IL – Gary Rabine is releasing the following statement on the
decision of the Illinois Association of School Boards to terminate its membership in the
National School Boards Association in the wake of the recent letter the
national group sent to the Biden Administration seeking a federal
investigation into parents protesting at school board meetings.
“I applaud the decision of the Illinois Association of School Boards to leave
the national association. The National School Boards Association seems more
interested in perpetuating woke ideology than they are on ensuring kids
have a good education.
Parents have every right to question the decisions of their local school
boards. The idea that parents simply expressing dissatisfaction with the kind
of curriculum choices are being made at schools and other policy matters
should be labeled ‘domestic terrorists’ is absurd. There is nothing more
important to parents than the education of their children. Not only do
parents have a right to be involved, but they also have a moral obligation to
We as a society should not tolerate the misuse of the power of government
to intimidate our political opponents. No one speaking out at a public
meeting of a public body should have to fear the threat of a federal
investigation simply for expressing an opinion. The right of free speech is a
principle we all should take seriously.
The Illinois Association of School Boards does take the right of free speech
seriously and they do take the rights of parents seriously as well. They made
a strong statement with their decision, and I strongly support the actions
they took to stand up for Illinois families.”