An Education System for the 21st Century
Yes, I Support Raúl's Education Plan
An Education System for the 21st Century
Give Our Kids Real Choices After High School
Each child deserves to have a meaningful opportunity to succeed beyond high school. But too many kids are leaving high school unprepared. My goal as governor is for every child in Idaho to have either a two year associate’s degree, a CTE or STEM technical certificate, or complete remedial schooling during the last two years if necessary. I will direct the State Board of Education to work with the Department of Education to continue to expand Idaho’s dual credit program to allow more kids to earn college credit. And I will also direct them to develop and implement comprehensive guided pathways programs, like STEM pathways, PTECH, apprenticeships, or vocational and technical pathways. Guided pathways allow students to receive real-world training while still in school, achieve training certificates by the time they graduate, and develop skills that employers are demanding of today’s workforce. By focusing our efforts on making sure individual children are receiving a meaningful education instead of focusing on broad and meaningless “go on” rates, we will ensure our children are leaving high school prepared to fill the jobs Idaho employers are needing to fill.
End Common Core and Develop Idaho Standards
Common Core is stifling innovation in our classrooms and tying the hands of teachers. This must change. Instead of top-down control, confusing curriculum, and endless forms to ensure compliance, we need to empower our teachers and give them greater flexibility in the classroom so that they can do what they’ve been trained to do: teach. As governor, I’ll get Idaho out of Common Core, and empower parents, teachers, and local school boards to develop high standards that make sense for Idaho. It’s time that we restore faith in our teachers and our local elected school boards to do the right thing.
Return More Power to Parents, Teachers and Local School Boards
For too long, control over our education system has been usurped by bureaucrats in Washington and Boise. Teachers should be freed to spend more time teaching and less time filling out paperwork and complying with the demands of government officials. Also, school board members and school administrators shouldn’t have their hands tied by mandates and regulations. As governor, I’ll work to abolish senseless mandates and regulations, freeing our investment in education to remain in the classrooms and our teachers and administrators to spend their time educating our children. We want teachers to teach, parents to parent, and students to succeed.
Maximize Parents’ Choice in Education
Parents who choose to educate their children outside of traditional schools end up paying for their children’s education twice. That’s not fair. As governor, I’ll defend the right of parents to homeschool their kids. I will also support legislation that truly allows education funding to follow students, including education savings accounts and vouchers, or tax credit programs that allow public school students and parents to access funds for private schools, digital learning, tutoring, books and technology.
Make Charter Schools More Competitive
Idaho is fortunate to have public charter schools that cater to differing educational needs across our state, but more innovation is needed to meet the educational needs of our kids. As governor, I’ll order a thorough review of the Public Charter School Commission and its rules and bylaws to make sure government isn’t standing in the way of education choice. Our review will also make certain that we are creating an education system that caters to our state’s unique needs, and to streamline the process of creating public charter schools.
Consolidate Election Dates
Idaho allows school districts four opportunities each year to incur voter-approved debt. Unfortunately, turnout at these elections is almost always low, benefitting special interests over ordinary citizens. As governor, I’ll work with the Legislature to consolidate Idaho’s election dates and make the debt approval process fairer and more open to public involvement.
Protecting the First Amendment on College Campuses
Free speech on college campuses should be vigorously defended. Students and faculty, like all citizens, have the right to engage in expression without fear of censorship or government interference. As governor, I will work with the Legislature, State Board of Education, and our public universities and colleges to ensure our public institutions of higher learning remain neutral on controversial issues, and do not impinge the First Amendment rights of students and faculty.
Keeping our kids safe at school
One of my most solemn responsibilities as governor will be to ensure our children are safe at school. Tragically, our schools have become soft targets for evil people determined to harm our children and we need to act today to protect our kids. I support allowing teachers and administrators to exercise their Second Amendment rights, and as governor I will encourage school districts to approve additional policies that will permit teachers and administrators to carry firearms. But arming teachers is only part of the solution. We also need to address mental health, the lack of good male role models in our kids lives, and other broader societal issues.