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Paul Ryan: Keep Homeschooling Free!

  • William A. Estrada, Esq. Director of Federal Relations
  • 2012 24 Oct
Paul Ryan: Keep Homeschooling Free!

Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan backed homeschool freedom at a recent campaign event in Florida.

At the town hall-style event in Ocala, Florida, on Thursday, October 18, the following exchange took place. We encourage you to watch the video clip.


Questioner: “What is your position on homeschooling and will it continue?”

Paul Ryan: “Absolutely, we have friends who do a lot of homeschooling. In Wisconsin it is very well known, very well used. You know what, we believe in freedom. [Applause]

And if you believe the best way to raise your children is to homeschool your children, then God bless you, and in a free society you ought to be able to do just that. [Applause]

Absolutely. So yes. Look, we don’t want to sit in Washington and micromanage your schools. We don’t believe all the best ideas lay in Washington where bureaucrats micromanage. We believe in choice; we believe in competition; we believe in giving parents control over their children’s education. Whether that’s getting the kid stuck in an inner city school out of a failing school and into a better school, or whether it gives you the ability and right to take over and control your child’s education by educating her yourself, that’s the kind of freedom we want you to have and preserve in this country.”

This article originally appeared on HSLDA's weekly update. Used with permission.

Will Estrada has been leading our efforts to defend homeschooling on Capitol Hill since 2006. As the oldest of eight kids, and a homeschool graduate who married a homeschool graduate, he has a passion for protecting homeschool freedom.

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

Publication date: October 24, 2012

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