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October 26, 2015

Should Parents Who Complain be Tracked?

Pocatello-Chubbuck and Parents’ Rights

As chronicled by HSLDA, the Pocatello-Chubbuck school district engaged in a years-long rearguard action to defeat the right of parents who wanted their child to take (only) one class from the school system. A statewide system tracking parents who complain might have given Pocatello-Chubbuck a powerful tool to intimidate parents into silence.

Archives posted prior to 2012 require a member account:

October 13, 2011: Pocatello-Chubbuck to Vote Tuesday on Plan to Deny Dual Enrollment

October 21, 2011: Pocatello Passes Unlawful Policy—Heads Up Elsewhere!

November 21, 2011: Pocatello Update

December 1, 2011: Pocatello Doors Expected to Open in January

January 13, 2012: Pocatello-Chubbuck Hoists White Flag on Part-Time Enrollment

April 16, 2014: Pocatello D25 Backslides on Dual Enrollment

September 10, 2014: Pocatello-Chubbuck Okays 1-Class Dual Enrollment

When Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed Idaho’s parental rights bill on April 2, we didn’t expect more than a ripple because the bill merely put into the law books what the courts have said for a long time. But some viewed it as an impending tsunami.

The Pocatello-Chubbuck school district (see sidebar) submitted a resolution to the Idaho School Board Association (ISBA) urging the creation of a statewide log to track parents who complain about schools violating their parental rights and to “hold at bay any expansion of parental rights.”

The resolution cited the parental rights bill as justification. The 21-member executive board of the ISBA recommended that the full membership of the ISBA adopt the resolution.

Because of its potential to be used as a tool to intimidate parents and because of privacy concerns, on October 14 Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff sent a letter to each member of the ISBA executive board urging them to withdraw their support for the resolution. Receiving no reply, two days later HSLDA issued an e-lert urging families to call and oppose the resolution.

Several days later, Pocatello-Chubbuck withdrew its resolution.

Media Attention to Resolution 5

Resolution 5 earned media attention after Woodruff sent his letter to the ISBA Executive Board:

Idaho Freedom Foundation: School Boards Must Choose a Master: Parents or the Federal Government School Board Leader Says Idaho Law Forces Choice between Parents, Feds

The Daily Signal: Idaho Legislature Wants Stronger Protections for Parents. Idaho School Boards Say No Idaho School Boards Want to “Hold at Bay” Expansion of Parental Rights

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