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Candidate Statements on Homeschooling

Here's What Your Candidates Said About Home Schooling 2018

Click on your district on the map, below. Then click on the names of your candidates to see how they responded to the ICHE Candidate Survey on home schooling.

The Candidate Letter can be downloaded in MS Word format here.

Candidate: Rep - Lawrence Wasden Attorney General

1. Do you support or oppose requiring families who home educate to register their children with either the state or their local public school district?

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2. Do you support or oppose requiring all children taught at home to take standardized achievement tests each year?

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3. What other requirements, if any, would you favor as a condition of a parent's right to teach his or her children at home?

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4. Other comments that you wish to make on the subject of home education:

I support a parent's right to raise a child as he or she finds appropriate. Idaho law recognizes a parent's right to educate children at home. Idaho Code sec. 33-202. It is my duty to defend that law and I do so. As Attorney General, I do not make education policy and do not vote on legislation. The power to make the law is held by the people directly or placed into the hands of the legislature. My duty is to give a legal opinion, when asked, about the constitutionality and legality of proposed legislation. After a law is passed, my duty is to defend that law. Therefore, it is not appropriate for me to comment on whether I support or oppose a suggested statute. Commenting on my support for or opposition to proposed legislation undermines my legal analysis of the proposal. Once the legislature has passed legislation, it is not appropriate for me to comment about my support or opposition to the legislation. To do so, would undermine my ability to defend the legislation.

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