Labrador reiterates education platform

Gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador outlined a series of positions on his campaign website this week — covering everything from abortion and Obamacare to immigration and taxes.

When it comes to education, no big surprises here. Labrador said he wants to get rid of Common Core. And the 1st Congressional District incumbent again said it’s time to mothball the U.S. Department of Education.

Labrador said both things during a recent, in-depth interview with Idaho Education News; here’s a link to that story.

And here’s an excerpt from the Labrador website.

“Common Core has been a disaster in the classroom. I’ve seen how it stifles innovation and ties the hands of our teachers. This must change. We must set the highest standards for our children and give the local school districts and teachers the flexibility to achieve those standards. Our children will do more if we Believe in them and expect more from them.”

Labrador is one of three big-name Republicans vying to succeed retiring Gov. Butch Otter. You can read more from Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist and Lt. Gov. Brad Little on Idaho Education News’ elections page.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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