Idaho Republican votes against using federal funds for early education

Says it makes it ‘easier for mothers to come out of the home’!

BOISE, Idaho — March is Women’s History Month and on Tuesday, one Idaho state representative voted against accepting federal grants to help kids get ready for kindergarten because it “makes it easier or more convenient for mothers to come out of the home.”

Rep. Charlie Shepherd (R-Pollock) testified against House Bill 226, which would allow the State Board of Education to use nearly $6 million in federal grants to increase early childhood education in the Gem State by making it more available and accessible.

“I don’t think anybody does a better job than mothers in the home, and any bill that makes it easier or more convenient for mothers to come out of the home and let others raise their child, I don’t think that’s a good direction for us to be going,” he said.


Charlie Shepherd graduated from Salmon River High School. Shepherd’s career experience includes working in the logging industry, as a maintenance supervisor with the Salmon River Joint School District, and as a high school coach. – Ballotpedia

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