People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon January 27, 2014
Idaho Schools Chief Is Not Running For Re-election
Idaho Schools superintendent Tom Luna announced Monday he won’t run for reelection this year. Luna says running for a third term would get in the way of implementing the recommendations of the Governor’s education task force. That group was created after voters overturned Luna’s signature legislation known as Students Come First in November 2012. Luna’s popularity took a hit during the fight over those laws but Luna says he decision to not run for re-election didn't come out of fear that he'd lose.
“Oh I would have won. But this isn’t about me winning. It’s about doing what’s best for students. So if I win reelection and in so doing we lose the bipartisan support for the 20 recommendations of the task force, then students lose,” Luna says.
Luna says everything he does has been seen as a campaign move including his support for the task force recommendations. He thinks people who might support those recommendations on their own merit, could oppose them to get at him. The recommendations include changing how teachers get paid and licensed.
Democrat Jana Jones has announced she’s running for superintendent and so far two Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination, north Idaho teacher John Eynon and American Falls principal Randy Jensen.
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