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Luna’s bills include two changes made since public hearing

Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna talks with reporters after he got his school reform bills introduced in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday afternoon. Luna said he's made two changes to the bills since a public hearing two weeks earlier, easing online course requirements. (Betsy Russell)
Idaho Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna talks with reporters after he got his school reform bills introduced in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday afternoon. Luna said he's made two changes to the bills since a public hearing two weeks earlier, easing online course requirements. (Betsy Russell)

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna says he's made just two changes to his school reform plan since a public hearing two weeks ago that drew a huge outpouring of public input against the plan. The two changes both are in the requirement for online courses for high school students: He's dropped his online course requirement from two courses per year all through high school, a total of 8 credits, to a requirement for 6 credits taken anytime during the course of high school. And he's added an option for school districts, for students who "for whatever reasons are not successful in an online environment," to develop an alternative requirement for those students, which might not include any online instruction.

Luna said of the public testimony, "Some of it was definitely based on misinformation." He said, "The changes we made were driven more by conversations I had with local superintendents."




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