Idaho should follow West Virginia's Lead in education freedom
In recent years West Virginia has gone from being a school choice laggard to one of the nation’s leading states for providing families and parents with maximum choice and opportunities for how and where students learn. A Blaine Amendment privileges secularism over religion in the area of schooling. In coming weeks, the Supreme Court will decide another such case from Maine.
In West Virginia, it does not matter whether the student gets educated at a secular school, a religious school, a microschool of either type, or at home, where the family can teach whatever values and religious beliefs it thinks best. The Idaho constitution, sad to say, is on the side of discrimination and the notion of one-size-fits-all education. Whether or not Idaho removes its outdated Blaine Amendment, the Supreme Court is likely to invalidate Idaho’s discriminatory language.
A lawsuit may well ensue, but nondiscrimination in the law would prevail. School choice has been said to be the civil rights issue of our time. Terry Ryan is CEO of the Boise-based education nonprofit Bluum and Board Chair of the Idaho Charter School Network.
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