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Vote for pro-education candidates in elections

| July 15, 2021 1:00 AM

The Idaho Freedom Foundation has been busy at work designing a false narrative. The falsehood is the IFF version of critical race theory.  The IFF version is a false version of what CRT really is. CRT is a way of analyzing policies and has been a part of law school and graduate courses for over 30 years.  

The spotlight on CRT and K -12 education is recent and it is totally misplaced. CRT is being used to rile people up. When people are riled up, they don’t think clearly. And that is the whole point of what IFF is doing.

Get people mad and distracted so they won’t be paying attention to the real agenda.  

The real IFF agenda is to end all public education in Idaho. Their goal is to turn Idahoans against teachers and our schools, so that they can justify reducing funding with the goal of ending funding altogether.

Earlier this spring, the Legislature did just that when they used CRT as an excuse to cut the higher education budget by $2.5 million and to turn away $6 million of federal dollars for public preschool programs. Defunding public schools, if allowed to continue, will lead to a downward spiral for all of our communities.

Business leaders and parents know how important strong education is to their continued success and they are paying attention. You should, too. If you value public education in Idaho, be sure to vote for pro-education candidates this November and again in the May 2022 primaries.

LEE CHRISTENSEN

Sandpoint