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Schools concerned about 'parents rights' bill

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With a 37-31 vote House Bill 113, commonly known as the "Parents Rights" bill passed the Idaho House earlier this week. With a 37-31 vote House Bill 113, commonly known as the "Parents Rights" bill passed the Idaho House earlier this week.
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With a 37-31 vote, House Bill 113, commonly known as the "Parents Rights" bill passed the Idaho House earlier this week. The bill now waits to hit the Senate floor, but educators in North Idaho are a little concerned about possible "unintended consequences" the bill may present.

"As a school district we're compelled to follow state requirements," says Lakeland School District Superintendent Brad Murray. Murray admits he's on board with a parent's willingness to be involved in their child's education, but says too many cooks in the kitchen will ultimately hurt the education system in the end.

"When parents have specific rights, I'd be concerned if we're not able to have students meet those state requirements based on a parent decision, like pulling the student out of a particular test," says Murray.

Parents, at whom this bill is targeted, are also divided on this issue. Some, like Paul Garn, believe parents should be more involved in their children's education,"Teachers can guess at how to motivate their kids, but parents are going to know that more than teachers will."

Others, like Ben Pershau feels the curriculum should be better left to the professionals, "I don't know if letting parents have control of the educational system is going to be the most efficient way to teach children."

Murray says the bill hasn't been officially passed so he won't spend too much time worrying about what might happen. Instead, he hopes that the committees the school has in which they look for and value parent opinions would be enough to make them feel they are involved in their child's education.

"We have a number of committees that we put together for curriculum, textbook adoption and there's always a welcome voice there," says Murray.

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