Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will be the featured speaker at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ (NICHE) seventh annual “Homeschool Iowa Day at the Capitol” on Tuesday, March 18.
A press release from NICHE presents Cruz as “a strong voice for conservative values,” a “leading opponent of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and other policies,” and a “passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth and the Constitution.”
“We are absolutely delighted that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has accepted our invitation to be the featured speaker at this year’s Day at the Capitol,” said NICHE President Justin LaVan. “His courage to speak out in defense of the principles that made our country great is an inspiration to so many people not just in the homeschool community but throughout the United States.”
“Each year, the NICHE Day at the Capitol has gained greater momentum as we work to show our legislators and fellow Iowans the real face of homeschooling. Senator Cruz’s appearance certainly adds to the excitement and impact of this year’s event,” LaVan added.
According to the press release, the NICHE Homeschool Day at the Capitol attracts about 1,000 home educating parents and students. The morning session at the Statehouse will include informal training for personal visits with legislators, student achievement displays, Capitol Building tours, and recognition of homeschoolers from the House and Senate floors.
During the afternoon session, participants will hear presentations by U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), nationally syndicated radio talk show personality Steve Deace, and others.
NICHE was founded in 1992 and 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 monthly newsletter, legislative services, and multi-faceted assistance to local homeschooling groups and individual families.