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Thu., Jan. 29, 2009, 9:54 a.m.

Luna: Students only get one chance…

State Schools Supt. Tom Luna answers questions from the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee about proposed cuts to public schools, 1/29/09 (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
State Schools Supt. Tom Luna answers questions from the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee about proposed cuts to public schools, 1/29/09 (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, told state schools Supt. Tom Luna he's got a "nagging feeling" that Idaho's state tax revenues still will fall further this year. "The $80 million hole may actually be a $130 million hole," he said. "My gut tells me that things are worse. ... If they are, then what? There's only so many of these things we can do without affecting the education of our children." Luna, who has been calling his proposed cuts a list of "bad ideas" because he'd rather not cut at all, responded, "I have not come up yet with a list of terrible ideas - just bad ideas. There is a point where if we cut education too far, that it will have a severe impact on student achievement." Earlier, in his budget message to lawmakers, Luna said, "We must work to keep student achievement moving forward despite these challenges, because our students only get one chance at an education."  




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