DES MOINES — At least four potential and likely presidential candidates have confirmed their participation in the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ eighth annual “Homeschool Day at the Capitol” on Thursday, April 9.
“We’ve invited a number of Christian conservatives to hear from Iowa’s home educators about issues that concern us and share their vision for Iowa and our country,” said NICHE President Justin LaVan.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania have confirmed, LaVan said.
“We have the possibility that several others may attend, too,” LaVan said. “This portion of the day’s events will be hosted by national talk radio host Steve Deace.”
The day will begin with morning activities at the Capitol. Families from across the state will meet with individual legislators and participate in other meetings. More than 1,000 attendees of all ages are expected. The group will reconvene at the Holiday Inn Airport in the afternoon to hear prospective candidates, a roundtable discussion featuring prominent Iowa home educators and a few brief presentations by others.
Formed in 1992, NICHE is Iowa’s only statewide homeschooling organization providing support and information to home educating families through a variety of events and resources, including an annual conference, a formal graduation service, a quarterly magazine and bi-monthly member e-newsletter, legislative services and multi-faceted assistance to local homeschooling groups and individual families.
Registration will be open at homeschooliowa.org, via the Capitol Day link, in early February.
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