My wife Natalie and me fully support the wide range of educational options that our coming under attack in this country. We homeschooled our children for a number of years before eventually enrolling them at Zeeland Christian, where I am a part-time Director of Advancement and Promotion. Before I became involved in Zeeland Christian I worked for a charter school. Homeschool, charter, private, and public should all be options that are on the table. That is why I am proponent of a Parental Rights Amendment to our Constitution, which would ensure that parents' freedom to educate their own children will not be threatened by the state. Our nation's educators, K-12, wield tremendous power in their ability to shape the minds of our children and our nation's culture in general. If for any reason, a parent decides that the neighborhood schools are not doing enough educate their children mentally, morally or spiritually, they have the right to find alternate avenues. Lastly, I do not believe that the federal Department of Education should play a major role in matters that should be determined by states and local governments. Programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top constitute unwarranted and unhelpful intrusion into matters that the people of Michigan or Ohio can decide on their own. Only by returning the federal government to its Constitutional role and by expanding educational opportunities will we get our nation's education system back on track.