Tag: Family

Pioneer Day to Me: Family, Faith, Freedom

“Since I was young, my ancestry … was marching martyrdom across the …plains of Utah.” 1 Like many of Imagine Dragons’ songs, the particular tune which contains these words, Cutthroat, has been played tens of millions of times across the globe. A simple internet search will reveal that Dan Reynolds – the lead singer and…

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2021.06.10 | Biden’s Bureaucratic Plans for American Families: Education

The Biden Administration has proposed massive new education spending as a part of its American Families Plan. But will its prescriptions for universal preschool and “free” community college reap the academic benefits American students need? Education policy professionals won’t want to miss this 30-minute Policy Pulse discussion on why the Biden Administration’s education plans head the wrong…

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2021.06.08 | Biden’s Bureaucratic Plans for American Families: Child Care and Paid Leave

The Biden Administration argues the American Families Plan is critical to help families get back to work after Covid-19 by providing massive new federal spending on childcare and paid family leave. But politicians’ preferred policies in these areas can’t match the diversity of family priorities. Family policy professionals won’t want to miss this 30-minute Policy Pulse about…

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Action Alert: Parental Notice to Opt-Out of SBAC

Parents across Idaho are refusing to allow their children to participate in the end-of-year school testing. This testing is called the ISAT 2.0 or SBAC. It is usually administered in early to mid-March. (For context, click HERE for a letter from the Idaho chapter of National Education Guardians, dated February 16, 2020.) All parents should…

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Public School, Conscience, and Parenting

What are concerned parents to do about threats to personal beliefs and religious freedom in formal education? Madison Liberty Institute highlights a new resource from the Family Policy Alliance. Sir Francis Bacon said it best three centuries ago: “Knowledge is power.”  Americans have, historically, believed these words.   A thirst for knowledge spurred the founding of…

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Idaho: Taking Important Steps Towards Securing “The Blessing Of Liberty”.

Now that Governor Brad Little has officially signed the last of the bills on his desk, the Idaho 2020 Legislative Session has officially come to a close. While it wasn’t an ideal session by any means, we are pleased with certain outcomes and legislative actions. We feel that the Idaho legislature has taken important steps…

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2020 Legislative Update: Week Eight

State Constitutional Amendment Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and other legislators have sponsored a resolution that would permanently set the number of legislative districts in Idaho at 35. Currently, the Idaho Constitution allows between 30-35 districts and for the last 30 years, there have been 35 districts. This resolution passed the Senate State Affairs…

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2020 Legislative Update: Week Seven

Buzz topics for week seven of Idaho’s 2020 Legislative Session include state constitutional amendments, abortion, family, taxes, and more. Read below to learn more about some of the noteworthy bills and resolutions that presented or discussed this week in Boise! State Constitutional Amendments This week two different proposals to amend the State Constitution have progressed…

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What does Idaho Mean to You?

Do you know what the name “Idaho” means? Nothing. Literally, the name “Idaho” doesn’t mean anything. Idaho was a made-up name and was actually almost the name of one of our sister states. In the early 1860s, a lobbyist named George M. Willing made up the name “Idaho”, claiming it was a Shoshone term meaning “the sun…

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Liberty in Law

Most Americans can easily name “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national anthem, but few realize that another song has, from time to time, been recommended as a replacement for this patriotic anthem. “America the Beautiful,” written first as a poem by  Katharine Lee Bates and put to music by Samuel A. Ward, has won…

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