Homeschool and the 2016 Election
Thank you PEC (Parents Educating Children) for this helpful information!
Parents Educating Children works diligently to preserve your right to homeschool by supporting school choice friendly candidates as well the Home Education Foundation and Brenda Dickinson. The 2016 election is November 8 and early voting opens October 24. PEC has compiled a list of candidates running at both the national and state levels and has researched their positions on education and school choice (vouchers and home education are an important component of school choice). Often, the basis for a candidate position is stated in the platform of their party. This position is pasted in the presidential candidate section.
Homeschooling has been a legal education option since the mid 80s and continues to grow in popularity and acceptance. While there are number of homeschool organizations that work to protect this right, there is a national party and unions that advocate for more government control of education and greater accountability for home educators. The statement “we are one vote away from losing our right to homeschool” holds true. Please vote this election to protect your right to homeschool.
Presidential Race – Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton D is silent on homeschooling. She has stated no position. But she was a part of an administration whose Department of Justice determined that parents have no right to homeschool and denied asylum to the Romeike family whose crime in Germany was that they homeschooled their children.
Only reference to school choice in 2016 Democratic Platform: “Democrats are committed to providing parents with high quality public school options and expanding these options for low-income youth. We support democratically governed, great neighborhood public schools and high-quality public charter schools, and we will help them disseminate best practices to other school leaders and educators. Democrats oppose for-profit charter schools focused on making a profit off of public resources. We believe that high-quality public charter schools should provide options for parents, but should not replace or destabilize traditional public schools.”
Supports testing based on Common Core.
While she favors the use of the Bible as a tool for teaching history and literature, she believes that Intelligent Design, or any aspect of creation science has no place in science curriculum.
It takes a village, in this case the public school system playing a vital role in teaching and raising the children in America and that socialization within the school is important to the proper conduct displayed by our children.
She has favored a top down approach - national standards, national tests, national curriculum, and a national database since the 1980's, which was a blueprint for Common Core.
School Choice – Supports charter school programs (as long as they are not privately owned). Does not support vouchers that would provide more choice to students in neighborhoods with bad schools. She supports choice amongst public schools, but not private or parochial.
Supports and is supported by the teacher unions. Here is the NEA statement about homeschooling –
“The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used. The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools. The Association further believes that local public school systems should have the authority to determine grade placement and/or credits earned toward graduation for students entering or re-entering the public school setting from a home school setting.”
Donald Trump R is very supportive of school choice and believes that “school choice means parents can homeschool their children, 100%.” From the 2016 Republican Platform: “We support options for learning, including home-schooling, career and technical education, private or parochial schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, and early-college high schools.”
Wants education decisions to be put back into the hands of the local districts and the states. Federal involvement should be reduced and its programs (Common Core, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top) eliminated. Open to the possible elimination or major reduction in the size and influence of the Department of Education.
Opposes Common Core.
Gary Johnson L –
From the Libertarian Platform – “Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.”
Supports school choice, competition amongst schools, no involvement in education by the federal government, and a major overhaul of the education system in the U.S.
Opposes Common Core.
***For the following federal races, please refer to the party platforms stated in the presidential section above in order to understand the foundation of a candidate’s position
Florida Senate Race – Patrick Murphy v. Marco Rubio
Patrick Murphy D is silent on homeschooling.
School Choice – Although Patrick Murphy received an expensive private education and thus is a product of school choice, he voted against the charter school expansion amendment as a representative in Congress.
Opposes vouchers for school choice.
Marco Rubio R on homeschooling - “I think [homeschooling is] not only a valid way to teach our children, you see from the empirical evidence that homeschool children are outperforming many children attending traditional schools. I believe in parental choice—homeschooling, faith-based schools, a private school of your choosing, a public school you want to go to instead of the one you’re zoned for.”
Opposes Common Core and the federal coercion of states into adopting educational policies.
U.S. House District 18 – Randy Perkins v. Brian Mast
Randy Perkins D – There is no mention of school choice on his website, and as a private citizen and businessman who has never held public office, there are no search results that reveal his position on school choice and homeschooling.
Brian Mast R - is for repealing Common Core and supports school choice and is for dollars following students to their school of choice.
U.S. House District 20 – Alcee Hastings v. Gary Stein
Alcee Hastings D does not have any positions on education and school choice on his website, but he voted no to allow vouchers in DC school system.
Gary Stein R – Cannot find any position on education and school choice. In favor of sending education back to the states to let them decide on implementation of Common Core.
U.S. House District 21 – Lois Frankel v. Paul Spain
Lois Frankel D opposes school vouchers. Believes the federal government should play an expanded role in education.
Paul Spain R wants to see a shift back to the states where communities can have more of an impact on education. Common Core is a disaster.
U. S. House District 22 – Ted Deutch v. Andrea Leigh McGee
Ted Deutch D believes the federal government has an interest in education and the public school system. Supports Common Core. No mention of school choice.
Andrea Leigh McGee R – wants to see a diminished role in education by the federal government. No position found on Common Core or school choice.
Florida State Senate District 25- Bruno Moore v. Joe Negron
Bruno Moore D is in favor of U.S. standards for education. Moore was asked his position on homeschooling in a voter submitted question. He did not address homeschooling in his response. Supports Common Core standards
Joe Negron R - I believe parents should be able to educate their children in the venue they believe most appropriate, including home schooling, public schools and independent schools. I unapologetically support school choice. Opposes Common Core Standards.
Florida State Senate District 29
Kevin J.G. Rader D is running unopposed.
Florida State Senate District 30 – Bobby Powell Jr. v. Ron Berman
Bobby Powell Jr. D . – No stated position on school choice.
Ron Berman R is opposed to all federal intervention in education and is opposed to Common Core.
Florida State Senate District 31
Jeff Clemens D is running unopposed. No stated position on school choice.
Florida Representative District 81
Joseph Abruzzo D is running unopposed. No stated position on school choice.
Florida Representative District 85- Robert Simeone D v Rick Roth R
Robert Simeone D has no stated position on education and school choice.
Rick Roth R believes that the federal government has overreached on Common Core and bathroom policies in schools.
Florida Representative District 86 - Matt Willhite D v Laurel S. Bennett R
Matt Willhite D has a position on public schools, but nothing on school choice or Common Core.
Laurel S. Bennett R supports expanding existing scholarship programs to allow parents to select the best educational opportunities for their children.
Florida Representative District 87
David Silvers D is running unopposed. In favor of Common Core and wants money put into the public school system rather than charter schools.
Florida Representative District 88
Al Jacquet D is running unopposed. No position on school choice.
Florida Representative District 89
Bill Hager R is unopposed. He is on the record in previous elections as being for school choice.
Florida Representative District 90 – Lori Berman v Artie Lurie L
Lori Berman D No position on school choice or homeschooling.
Artie Lurie L - The only way to make it possible for every child to get a good education is to get the politicians out of the schooling business and put it back in the hands of parents and teachers. Let's repeal the sales tax and cut property taxes in half so parents can use the money for the school they choose.
Florida Representative District 91
Emily Slosberg D is unopposed. Silent on school choice and homeschooling.