According to a release from her office, Idaho Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin’s Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education continues to take shape. Interviews are ongoing and the full task force member roster should be available within the next two weeks.
“We are assembling a comprehensive task force that provides a broad representation of the community,” McGeachin said. “We have already received an outpouring of interest in the task force regarding its mission and many people have expressed a willingness to participate.”
Even as the task force is being assembled, McGeachin is soliciting public feedback and experiences regarding Idaho education. A new page has been added to her website for the Education Task Force that includes a link where Idahoans can provide feedback regarding their experiences and concerns.
“One of our primary goals with this task force is to give concerned citizens a voice regarding education in Idaho,” McGeachin said. “If you, your child, or someone close to you has information regarding problematic teachings on social justice, critical race theory, socialism, communism or Marxism, please provide us with as much information as you are comfortable sharing.”
The form allows those providing feedback to include their names and contact information, but feedback can also be submitted anonymously.
“We want to make sure all Idahoans — especially those employed in education — can provide us with unbiased feedback without fear of blowback or retaliation,” McGeachin said.
Representative Priscilla Giddings has agreed to serve as the co-chair of the task force.
“The overwhelming interest affirms the need for this task force,” Giddings said. “I am eager to start collaborating with Idahoans to develop recommendations for the education community on ways to root out critical race theory and bolster America’s core values.”
The initial schedule for the task force includes four meetings taking place in May, June, July and August. Meetings will be held at the Idaho State Capitol in the Lincoln Auditorium.
“We intend for these meetings to be physically open to the public and livestreamed,” McGeachin said. “This format worked very well for the Capitol Clarity events we held throughout the first three months of the Legislative Session, and I look forward to providing similar access to the people when our task force meets.”