Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is doing what he has done from the beginning: he is ignoring Idaho parents and school children.
Mr. Luna has told the press he will ignore the outcome of the 2012 election that saw the decisive rejection of his top-down system for defunding education and cutting teachers. He intends to push his laws, again, through an overwhelmingly Republican Legislature.
Education should not be a partisan issue. However, Mr. Luna refuses to work with education professionals, parents, and legislators to give our children the world-class education they need.
The Idaho Democratic Party supports reasonable, effective and collaborative efforts to improve our education system. This work must be in the hands of education professionals and parents, not politicians. We do not believe this can be accomplished by edict from a government bureaucrat whose overriding goal is to satisfy his personal political ambitions and out-of-state corporations seeking to profit off our children.
Mr. Luna’s first step out of the gate is not encouraging, not productive, and not in step with Idaho.