Billings Gazette, Billings, Montana, 8 December 2006, GOP selects critic of public education
The chairman of the committee for the 2007 Legislature will be Constitution Party Rep. Rick Jore of Ronan, who wants to abolish compulsory attendance of public schools and believes federal funding for education is unconstitutional.
Jore refers to public schools as “government schools” and says parents should be given more power to choose whether to have their children educated elsewhere.
Jore will be sponsoring a bill to abolish compulsory attendance at public schools, saying the state should not require attendance at its schools. That decision is up to the parents, he said, who must take responsibility for educating their children.
Jore, whose five children are home-schooled, said he’s not against public schools, but that he does not think they need more funding from the state. On Project Vote Smart’s candidate questionnaire, Jore has said he favors “greatly decreasing” spending on public schools and abolishing property taxes, which primarily fund public schools.
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