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TOWN CRIER V Idaho education needs real reform

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 1:00 am

When Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna first ran for the office 10 years ago, he did it on a platform of "running schools like a business." While that catch-phrase sounded good as a stump speech, the people of Idaho overwhelmingly (to the tune of nearly 30,000 votes) rejected his vision for Idaho's education system.

Fast forward to 2006, Luna runs again on a revised platform, toning down the business rhetoric and gets elected. He serves a rather quiet four year term, maintaining the status quo and is re-elected in 2010 with little campaigning or discussion of his ideas. Many Idahoans thought he would continue along the same mundane path of leading the state's education system. They were wrong.

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