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‘Not a speech I ever wanted to make’

Tom Luna, Idaho state superintendent of schools, speaks at a press conference after the public school budget hearing. Luna said his proposal for cuts in schools was
Tom Luna, Idaho state superintendent of schools, speaks at a press conference after the public school budget hearing. Luna said his proposal for cuts in schools was "not a speech I ever wanted to make." (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

At a press conference after his budget hearing, state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna, asked how he thought his proposed public school cuts were received by lawmakers this morning, said, "I think they were as somber, I think, as I am. I didn't enjoy putting this budget together, I didn't enjoy writing the speech. It's not a speech I ever wanted to make. I think that JFAC is in a position they never wanted to be in when they ran for the offices and wanted to serve the state of Idaho. But we are elected and expected to do certain things, and that includes making tough decisions. And so I was pleased with their response. I thought their questions were right on, we even came up with a couple of ideas.... I think they all realize that we're in this together."
 
Luna also said, "I'm not happy to be in this predicament. ... I feel the weight of this responsibility I have as state superintendent today more than I have ever felt it before. The decisions we are making are going to have the potential to have a long-term effect on the children of Idaho." Here's his message to the parents of Idaho schoolchildren: "What I would tell parents is continue to read with your children every night, spend time doing homework with them, volunteer in your schools if you have the time. It'll be that combined effort that will assure that even with less money and less resources, we'll continue to keep students moving forward in their academic pursuits."




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