Tennessee School Boards Association No Longer Affiliated with National School Boards Association


The Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) terminated its affiliation with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in June, TSBA staff members said Tuesday.

TSBA Assistant Executive Director Ben Torres explained his group’s departure in an email to The Tennessee Star.

“Our board decided to leave NSBA because NSBA’s advocacy efforts are focused more on contentious issues that divide the membership instead of educational issues that should further the mission of our state associations,” Torres (pictured above) said.

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) on Tuesday terminated its affiliation with the NSBA. OSBA members said the NSBA’s recent letter to President Joe Biden requesting federal intervention at local school board meetings prompted them to leave the larger organization.

The Star asked TSBA Executive Director Tammy Grissom to discuss why her organization left the NSBA.

“TSBA believes that parental and family involvement in the education of each child is essential to academic success,” Grissom said via email.

“Local boards of education should make every effort to enhance communication between parents and schools and remove any barriers that prevent them from teaming with school boards, administrators, and teachers to improve student achievement,” Grissom said via email.”

Recently, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would investigate parents who spoke out against Critical Race Theory (CRT), transgender bathrooms, and other cultural issues at school board meetings.

Vaguely citing “threats” made against school board members, Garland admitted last week during congressional testimony that his memorandum directing the FBI to investigate parents was only based on the letter sent to the White House by the NSBA, which only cited nonviolent disruptions from parents as its cause for concern.

To many, Garland’s heavy-handed response was viewed as an intimidation tactic, meant to send a message to conservative parents who protest their local school boards.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Ben Torres” by Tennessee School Board Association. 




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5 Thoughts to “Tennessee School Boards Association No Longer Affiliated with National School Boards Association”

  1. Jay

    So why are your kids still in public schools? Pull them and shut down these corrupt institutions.

  2. Kevin

    This is purely a business decision! And I do mean BIG business! They have ZERO plans of changing their ideological beliefs, which are 100% in-line with the National School Board Association.

    But why do we need TSBA which is basically a union involved in the education of our children in the first place?

    They are a multi-million dollar per year quasi-governmental outfit funded by taxpayer dollars AND by selling school supply companies access to local school systems. This significantly increases the cost of educating our kids. It takes money out of teachers pockets. AND it adds countless ways for non-value added education initiatives to get woven into our education materials! Plus, their “books” are not open for the public to see,. Why?

    The bottom line is that they are a saprophytic organization feasting on the decay of our children’s education and their future!

    1. Sarah Edith Bradley

      Amen, brother! TSBA has lost its way and does far more harm than good, all on the tax-payer dime. This decision is nothing more than an attempt to keep flying under the radar. Their lack of transparency, grandstanding, and chronic attempts to disenfranchise parents needs to be addressed. It’s time to cut them off completely or at least clean house at the top. None of the leaders deserve the salaries they receive!

  3. John

    Biden, or whomever is pulling his strings, has stepped in it more times than I can count. I sincerely believe that there’s a group behind the scenes, intentionally destroying every institution and the vary fabric that makes up our country, from law enforcement all the way down to the PTA.

    I knew our country was in trouble once they ‘found enough votes’ for Biden to win. But I never imagined it would happen this quick. We’re not even a year into this Bozo’s Presidency. How are we going to survive 3 more years of this?

  4. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    Maybe they should teach Banking at the public school level? Maybe the public schools should reference the central bank and our debt as far as the amount of control that they have on our minds? Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”