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AG is the parent group. Garland is embroiled in a conflict of interest involving Facebook and critical race theory.

Merrick Garland, the Attorney General, is under fire after a parent organization disclosed that his daughter is married to the co-founder of an education startup backed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that purportedly incorporates critical race theory in its work, according to a report.

The disclosure comes as the attorney general announced on Monday that the FBI will assist in investigating growing reports of alleged threats against teachers and school board members in response to the teaching of critical race theory in schools — a move that critics have characterized as a "declaration of war" on parents and intimidation of political opponents.

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Merrick Garland, the Attorney General, is under fire when it was disclosed that his daughter is married to the co-founder of a Mark Zuckerberg-funded education startup.

His daughter, Rebecca Garland, is married to Xan Tanner, co-founder of Panorama Education in Boston, Fox News reported on Wednesday. Panorama Education collects social and emotional data from kids in grades K to 12.

Asra Nomani, the vice president of investigations and strategy at Parents Defending Education, an organization that opposes the Justice Department's enforcement activities, tweeted the connection.

Asra Nomani tweeted, "Merrick Garland has declared war on parenting."
Asra Nomani tweeted, "Merrick Garland has declared war on parenting."

Nomani wrote on Tuesday, "Merrick Garland has launched war on parents." "His daughter is married to @PanoramaEd's cofounder, who is under criticism for multimillion-dollar contracts with school districts. Parents provided us tips via @DefendingEd. We issued a warning. Garland is now attempting to silence parents."

"Panorama Education will benefit from Garland's absurd attempt to silence parents who object to the group's data mining of K-12 pupils," she said on the group's website.

Nomani sent a link to a 2018 New York Times article on Garland's daughter marrying Tanner.

Merrick Garland and Rebecca, his daughter.
Merrick Garland and Rebecca, his daughter.

According to her and her group, the Justice Department is equating parents who reject "woke" programs such as critical race theory and forced mask wearing with "domestic terrorism."

Additionally, it comes on the heels of a whistleblower, Frances Haugen, testifying before a Senate committee on Tuesday about how Facebook routinely collects people's data and then exploits it to keep them interested on the platforms it owns.

Nomani called the collaboration between Fairfax County Public Schools and a for-profit corporation sponsored by Mark Zuckerberg "outrageous."

"Zuckerberg admitted in 2012 to conducting 'emotional manipulation' research on Facebook users without their knowledge or agreement. His current involvement in polls examining students' mental health is ludicrous. Schools must abandon their attempts to deceive pupils and instead focus on educating them," she told Fox News.

Tanner and the Justice Department did not reply to Fox News' requests for comment.

Panorama Education did not reply immediately to The Post's request for comment.

On Monday, the attorney general stated that the FBI will assist local law enforcement in reacting to a "disturbing surge in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence directed at school administrators, board members, teachers, and employees."

The action was in response to a letter from the National School Boards Association to the Biden administration alleging that America's public schools are under threat from those opposed to critical race theory and mask mandates, and that the "heinous actions" should be considered a form of "domestic terrorism."

Xan Tanner, the son-in-law of Attorney General Merrick Garland, is a co-founder of Panorama Education.
Xan Tanner, the son-in-law of Attorney General Merrick Garland, is a co-founder of Panorama Education.

According to Fox News, critics such as Nomani fear Tanner's organization would exploit its data collection capabilities to promote divisive beliefs about race, gender, and sexuality.

Panorama was awarded a $1.8 million contract by Fairfax County Public Schools to monitor students' social and emotional learning, according to the study.

Early last month, the contract was increased to more than $2 million.

It was part of a $78.8 million investment by the school system in coronavirus relief funding to promote a "welcoming" and "culturally relevant" environment for kids.

The funds will be distributed to schools according to a number of criteria and would be used to "directly address student social emotional needs."

Parents Defending Education reported that the school system is allocating $23.3 million to efforts promoting social and emotional learning, or SEL.

According to Fox News, the initiative includes a SEL screener provided by Panorama Education.

According to the research, critics argue that words such as "social and emotional learning" and "culturally sensitive training" imply the introduction of divisive ideas about race and identity.

The school system stated that it has a "legally binding contract" with Panorama on the handling and storage of student information.

The data will be used solely to serve FCPS and for educational reasons. Additionally, Panorama adheres to all applicable federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, as well as state and local rules governing student data," a spokeswoman for Panorama told Fox News.

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