February 21, 2022
East Idaho parents and grandparents traveled by bus to Boise and held a rally for school choice on the steps of Idaho’s Capitol last Thursday, February 17.
Organized by Idaho Parents for Educational Choice (IPEC), participants traveled from St. Anthony, Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and elsewhere in order to make their voices heard. Upon arriving in Boise, the group attended Capitol Clarity, where Carolyn Harrison, IPEC Co-Founder, discussed the issue of educational choice and explained the importance of meeting with legislators to support those who are introducing bills to help parents have more say in their children’s education. After Harrison’s remarks, Representatives Dorothy Moon and Gayann DeMordaunt discussed and took questions about a parent choice bill they were sponsoring, “The Student Hope and Opportunity Scholarships Program.” The bill would provide parents with greater control in directing educational expenditures for their children.
Following the session of Capitol Clarity, the group made their way to the steps of the Capitol for a rally for educational choice. Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin welcomed those attending, discussed the Education Task Force that she had led along with Representative Priscilla Giddings, and emphasized that competition for schools would lead to improvement in education throughout the state, just as it does in the business world.
Ryan Spoon, a member of the Education Task Force addressed the crowd after the Lt. Governor. Spoon warned the group that, “Idaho is a follower, not a leader, on any conservative issue.” He expressed concern over Idaho children being subjected to a “leftist agenda” while in school.
David Worley, a candidate for the Idaho Senate in Legislative District 29, also spoke at the event. Worley gave a powerful speech, saying, “Every nation is perpetuated by what it teaches the next generation.” His remarks were met by wild applause from the crowd.
Leaving the rally, the group then met with other legislators working on education bills and attended a session of the Senate Education Committee, after which they reboarded the bus for the return trip to Eastern Idaho.
As noted on their social media, “The Idaho Parents for Educational Choice is a nonpartisan, parent-administered organization committed to enhancing the K-12 education system by giving parents access to the educational environment that best serves their children’s individual needs.” You can learn more about Idaho Parents for Educational Choice, here: