February 11, 2023
The “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” rule is a regulation in baseball that states that a batter is out if he or she gets three strikes during their turn at bat. This rule is controversial because some people believe it gives the pitcher an unfair advantage.
Let’s look at this scenario in another context: the State of Idaho’s Legislature, Governor, and parents are up to bat. Each one gets one pitch. The teachers’ union is the pitcher, and the game is “school choice in Idaho”.
In this situation, Idaho strikes out every time, since we are one of very few states that can’t hit any of the “pitches” for school-choice success:
- The parents must be well organized (strike one);
- They need to enjoy solid champions in the Legislature (strike two); and
- They require strong support from their Governor (strike three).
STRIKE ONE: PARENTS – Trying to organize parents who don’t want to know, or are not privy to, the truth is difficult.
STRIKE TWO: IDAHO LEGISLATURE – The Idaho House Education Committee is now chaired by a former teacher/administrator who worked in the education/union arena for 32 years, together with other Committee members with long-term education/union-influenced backgrounds.
STRIKE THREE: GOVERNOR – In 2022, Governor Little supported the “Empowering Parents Grant Bill”, which was funded by Federal, COVID-relief dollars and backed by the Association of School Administrators. This Bill didn’t offer true school choice. Rather, it awarded $1K/student, up to $3K/family, for parents to use for limited expenses.
Bonneville County Precinct #24 Committee Officer;
Co-Founder, Idaho Parents for Educational Choice