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Tom Luna & Gov. Otter Issue Statements On Failure Of Idaho’s Props 1, 2 And 3

Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Here’s the statement from Tom Luna on the failure of Propositions 1, 2, and 3:

“I still believe that Idahoans want better schools through education reform. I still believe that empowering local school boards, phasing out tenure, giving parents input on evaluations, helping students take dual credit, paying teachers for more than just years of experience and amount of education, and making sure every classroom is a 21st Century Classroom are critical if we want an education system that meets the needs of every child. We have now had a 22-month discussion about what this should look like. I understand Idahoans have expressed concerns, yet I do not believe any Idahoan wants to go back to the status quo system we had two years ago. I am as committed as anyone to finding a way to make this happen. We must find a way because our children’s future is at stake.” – Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter also released a written statement on the failure of Props 1, 2 and 3:

“The people have spoken, so I’m not discouraged. That’s how our system works. But it’s important to remember that the public conversation that began almost two years ago isn’t over – it’s only begun. Our workforce, our communities and most of all our students still deserve better, and our resources are still limited. We offered these reforms not because we sought change for change’s sake, but because change is needed to afford our young people the opportunities they deserve now and for decades to come. That’s as true today as it was yesterday, so our work for a brighter and better future continues.” – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter


  • Sonny

    Tom Luna is an idiot. You and Butch baby tried to shove this crap down our throut. Don’t try it again

  • Shelley in North Idaho

    Sorry Luna, I beg to differ with you….We do not want YOUR planned political agenda. We want what is right for our children in education. That means all Idahoans are represented not a select few with possible financial gains disguised as some plan for educational reform. …Big difference!

  • idahoteacher

    There was no conversation two years ago. There has been no conversation for 22 months. If you involve the people you are trying to impact and you might get further. The Idaho people have spoken…and we’ll be watching!!

  • Idahoan

    understand Idahoans have expressed concerns, yet I do not believe any
    Idahoan wants to go back to the status quo system we had two years ago.” From where we were yesterday? Luna, I don’t think you know what NO-NO-NO means. It means exactly that, we rather have the system two years ago.

  • with those results, i dont know about the rest of u. but i now intend to fire luna. he spent 14 million dollars for the no vote. luna and butch should pay for that. they had no right to sign a contract before the vote.

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