A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education. As they are closer to the children, school boards and communities are more capable of understanding and addressing the unique needs of their students than state governments. Competition improves the quality of schools.
Religious Freedom in Public Schools – We believe that school administrators and officials should not infringe on Idaho school students’ and staff’s 1st Amendment rights to pray and engage in religious speech, individually or in groups, on school property without government interference. We believe the legislature should end censorship of discussion of religion in our founding documents and encourage discussing those documents, including the Bible as their basis. Students and district personnel have the right to display religious items on school property.
We believe parents have the right to educate their children at home, that court rulings that undermine these rights devalue the important role of parents and family in a child’s education.
We believe in improving the quality of education for every child by maximizing parental choice. This will be accomplished through money following students to their parent’s school of choice. We support all educational environments desired by parents including public charter schools, public virtual charter schools, homeschools, schooling at home, micro schools, learning pods, co-ops, private and parochial schools, and accountable public school systems.
We believe all students are entitled to our support, and to fair and equitable funding and therefore strongly support the adoption of a change to Idaho’s public school funding formula that includes school choice through an education savings account and more evenly distributes state funds while holding our rural schools harmless. Nothing in this section compels a family to receive in any way government support.