District officials support the right to protest but won't excuse students being absent from school for going to the protest.

There is a Statehouse rally scheduled during school hours (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). The rally is organized Nora Harren and Colette Raptosh - the teens behind the Idaho People for Unity campaign and the same students who helped organize the Idaho Women's March.

The walkout invites students from Boise State University and area high schools to protest Betsy DeVos' confirmation as education secretary and to show support for education and for women's civil rights.

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Boise district school officials were hoping the walkout wouldn't happen during school hours and tried to convince them to plan it for the end of the day or even during lunch hour.

The students who reported their principal asked about a time change said the walkout during school hours is meant to send a message. Nora did address the time change proposal and responded with, "It's not going to change."


Students who walk out of their classrooms to attend Thursday's rally during school hours (without permission from their parents) will receive an unexcused absence. Eighteen-year-old students who have signed emancipation papers can excuse themselves from class.

However, school officials say that even with permission, the absences would be considered unexcused.

Tawsha's note. I'm not a news reporter, I'm merely sharing the story. Yes, I do realize that I just shared conflicting stories. I don't know whether or not a note will allow for an excused absence or not. I can tell you that Idaho is making some big moves as of late and it's fascinating to me to see how many of us are standing for our beliefs in ways we haven't ever done before.

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To summarize (via the Facebook event page), the rally details are as follows:

Education Rally

Thursday, February 16, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Idaho State Capitol

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