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Parental rights bill passes House after lots of questions

Idaho House chamber (Betsy Russell)
Idaho House chamber (Betsy Russell)

HB 567, Rep. Janet Trujillo’s parental rights bill, has passed the House on a 64-5 vote, after House members had lots of questions for Trujillo about what the bill actually does, including whether it would allow parents to opt their child out of standardized testing. “No, this is not an opt-out statute,” Trujillo replied. “Now, there are many states that within their statutes do have opt-out policies, but within Idaho we prefer to handle that on the local district level, and your individual district may have opt-out policies already in place.”

When the bill had its House committee hearing earlier, two supporters testified in favor of the bill, saying it would let them opt out of standardized testing for their kids. Trujillo said attorneys for the state school boards association examined the wording of the rather vague bill and “they were very comfortable with it.” The measure, which has 18 GOP co-sponsors, now moves to a Senate committee. It says parents and legal guardians have “a right, responsibility and obligation to participate in the education of such minor children.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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