Phoenix – Former Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon attended Thursday’s meeting of the Peoria Unified School District governing board, where he urged the board to demand that the Arizona School Boards Association cut its ties with the National School Boards Association.
Salmon delivered the following remarks at the Peoria Unified School District board meeting:
“Thank you for giving me the chance to speak tonight.
“My name is Matt Salmon, and I’m here tonight to ask this board to send a message to the Arizona School Boards Association to cut their ties with National School Boards Association.
“You are no doubt aware that in late September the NSBA sent a letter to President Biden comparing moms and dads at school board meetings to ‘terrorists.’
“As of today, the state school board associations representing 26 different states have distanced themselves from the NSBA and its unforgivable smear campaign. But, unfortunately, the Arizona School Boards Association is not one of those entities that is siding with the parents on this.
“The ASBA has not only refused to condemn the national group but also supported Attorney General Merrick Garland’s decision to use the NSBA’s letter as justification to mobilize the FBI and federal prosecutors against parents.
“We should be encouraging civic engagement by parents, not suppressing it.
“And I hope that you, the members of this board, will send a strong message to the Arizona School Boards Association and ask them to cut their ties with this disgusting national group for the good of our state and the good of the values of the First Amendment that elected officials representing us have sworn to uphold.
“Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to speak. I appreciate this.”
BACKGROUND: Salmon Is Leading The Charge To Enshrine Parents’ Rights And Hold School Boards Accountable:
October 18, 2021: Salmon writes a letter to the Arizona School Boards Association calling on the organization to formally withdraw its affiliation with the National School Boards Association as a result of the latter’s campaign to intimidate concerned parents across the United States.
October 22, 2021: Salmon says at the LD16 Republican committee meeting: “The attorney general is saying he wants to make ‘terrorists’ out of our average parents who want to go testify at school board meetings. Over my dead body. It’s not going to happen in Arizona…I’ll tell you what: Those FBI folks who want to lurk around our school board meetings, they’re going have to get by the National Guard I post at the doors.”
October 23, 2021: Salmon responds to the National School Boards Association’s disingenuous ‘apology’ for its role in targeting parents and reiterates his call for the Arizona School Boards Association to formally withdraw its affiliation.
October 25, 2021: Salmon says on the ‘Light Beer Dark Money’ podcast: “They want freedom to go to their school board meeting without being labeled a ‘terrorist’…Yeah, sometimes they get a little animated. But does that mean they’re terrorists? I mean, come on. That’s why we need a governor that’s going to stand up and say, ‘I’m sorry, guys, not going to happen in my state. You want to send your FBI investigators into our school board meetings? Well, maybe we’ll have our National Guard at the door and see if you can get by them.”
October 27, 2021: Salmon expresses gratitude to the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable at a public hearing.
November 1, 2021: Salmon commends the Chandler Unified School District for voting to end its payment of ‘National Connection Fees’ to the National School Boards Association.
November 7, 2021: Salmon writes a letter to the editor — published in the Sunday print edition of the Sierra Vista Herald and re-published in the Green Valley News — how about the National School Boards Association compared parents at school board meetings “to ‘a form of domestic terrorism’ and called on the ‘resources’ of the FBI to stop them.”
November 10, 2021: Salmon demands that Chandler Unified School District issue an explanation after a news article reports that the board ‘coordinated with the Chandler Police Department to gather information on concerned parent groups and arrest unmasked parents at school board meeting.’
November 10, 2021: Salmon attends the Chandler Unified School District’s governing board meeting.
November 11, 2021: Salmon pens an op-ed at Townhall asking why the Arizona School Boards Association refused to retract its support from the National School Boards Association’s controversial letter to President Joe Biden even though other parties have done so.
November 12, 2021: Salmon appears on “The Conservative Circus” (News Talk 550 KFYI) and speaks with radio host James T. Harris about having his microphone cut off two days earlier when he attended the Chandler Unified School District’s governing board meeting.
November 12, 2021: Salmon demands the resignation of Scottsdale Unified School District board president Jann-Michael Greenburg and calls the revelation of dossiers being compiled on parents “shocking.”
November 15, 2021: Salmon attends a special meeting of the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board and urges the board to “vot[e] decisively tonight to kick this liberal school board bully” — board president Jann-Michael Greenburg — “to the curb where he belongs.”
November 15, 2021: Salmon responds to the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board’s vote: “I hope the board’s election of a new president will provide a small sense of relief to parents across Arizona who were targeted by these secret ‘dossiers,’ but it is more than clear that Jann-Michael Greenburg needs to resign.”
November 18, 2021: Salmon released an eight-page ‘Education Policy Paper’ outlining how he plans to strengthen Arizona’s schools. The policy paper states that, as governor, he will “guarantee parents the right to freely and safely exercise their right to engage local school boards and state officials on issues of concern without fear of outside surveillance or retribution.”