Asked how their backgrounds - Luna’s as a businessman, and Olson’s as an educator - qualify them to serve as state superintendent, Olson, answering first, said he, too is a businessman, recounting the budget he oversaw at the Boise School District, the large number of service centers - schools - and clients - students. “We run a business operation from stem to stern,” he said. “Interestingly enough, our budget plan for the last six years has received national recognition for the work that’s been done by our staff and our board of trustees.”
Luna said, “I’ve been involved in improving education for twice as long as my opponent’s lived in Idaho. … Along with my business background, it’s helped me to see education from many, many different angles.” He said his business background helped him “analyze every source of revenue … every funding formula, to find ways to operate more efficiently to get more money into the classroom, because that’s where education happens.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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