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Assemblyman Erik Peterson at an anti-vaxx rally on December 20, 2021. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Peterson objects to resolution honoring N.J. school board association president

Assemblyman claims Feinsod didn’t do enough when national organization released controversial letter

By Joey Fox, May 13 2022 12:38 pm

Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-Franklin) said today that he opposes a ceremonial legislative resolution honoring Lawrence Feinsod, the retiring executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), and urged his fellow legislators to remove their names from the resolution.

“This ceremonial resolution is an insult to every parent in the state of New Jersey,” Peterson said. “We have a right to go to our school board meetings and oppose Governor Murphy’s tyrannical Covid mandates, the teaching of Critical Race Theory, and the Democrats’ radical sexual and gender identity indoctrination agenda.”

Peterson’s opposition stems from an incident last fall in which the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to President Joe Biden saying that public schools were under “immediate threat” from those angry about Covid and educational policies, calling the threats “equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism.” After immediate outcry, the association released an apology, acknowledging that that “there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter.”

Feinsod, as the head of the NJSBA, does not hold any leadership position at the national association and had no apparent role in the writing of the letter. But in his statement released today, Peterson said Feinsod did not do enough to condemn the letter, an offense great enough to prompt the assemblyman to try and kill the ceremonial resolution.

“Following the release of the letter I called for the immediate resignation of the NSBA’s leadership and called on the NJSBA to condemn the letter and withhold funding for the NSBA,” he said. “To my knowledge, the NJSBA has not condemned the NSBA for calling parents domestic terrorists and they have not defended my constituents’ parental rights to make decisions for their children.”

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