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Anti-vaccine protesters outside of the San Diego Unified School District office. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

A group whose members include 90,000 elected school board officials around the U.S. is asking President Biden, the FBI and the Secret Service to intervene to protect members who are facing unprecedented threats in the politically charged climate surrounding debates over COVID-19 and systemic racism.

The big picture: School boards are suddenly dealing with surges in partisan candidates, recall efforts and even physical altercations.

  • This request for help comes as many local, nonpartisan officials have been put at the center of policy disputes around masking protocols in schools and curriculum touching on critical race theory.

Driving the news: In a letter today detailing more than 20 examples of violence, harassment and intimidation, National School Boards Association president Viola Garcia and interim executive director and CEO Chip Slaven write that the "classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes."

  • "America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat," the letter says.
  • In one instance, they describe someone yelling a Nazi salute during a Michigan school board meeting.
  • Another example cites a person being arrested for aggravated battery at a meeting in Illinois.

Between the lines: Garcia and Slaven say the debate over how to teach about racism in U.S. government and financial systems isn't even on point for K-12.

  • "This propaganda continues despite the fact that critical race theory is not taught in public schools and remains a complex law school and graduate school subject."

What's next: NSBA is asking for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to find a mechanism to block threatening letters and cyberbullying targeting students, school board members and other educators.

  • The association also is asking the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and the National Threat Assessment Center for expertise and resources for handling and assessing risk to schools and school boards.
  • And it's asking for the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to "examine appropriate enforceable actions against these crimes and acts of violence."

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John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 22, 2021 - Axios Denver

Meet the candidates: Denver school board

Top row, left to right: Karolina Villagrana, Gene Fashaw, Mike DeGuire. Bottom row, left to right: Michelle Quattlebaum, Jose Silva, Carrie Olson, Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán.

A majority of the Denver school board seats are at stake in the 2021 election — including three that represent neighborhood districts, Chalkbeat reports.

What's happening: The races cover a vast swath of the city — southwest's District 2, the southeast's District 3 and northeast's District 4.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.