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Tue., Oct. 2, 2012, 11:58 a.m.

Luna: ‘They began to orchestrate against me’

State schools Supt. Tom Luna was asked about a deteriorating relationship between teachers and himself. "This divide is not between teachers and me," he said. "It is between union leaders. ... They spent $185,000 to unseat me, this is the union leaders. They have never dealt with me in good faith. From the day I was elected in 2006 they began to orchestrate and organize against me ... (and) feed teachers misinformation." Said Luna, "There is not a level of distrust between teachers and myself - it's the teachers union that has fostered this."

Rep. Brian Cronin responded, "Folks, the teachers union is made up of teachers." He said two-thirds of Idaho teachers belong to the teachers union. "They feel disrespected, they feel ignored."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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