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Son Of Luna Sneakier Than Original

So now we have Son of Luna. Poised for another showdown in the Senate, this latest version looks different. No longer is there talk of cutting teaching jobs. It delays technology in the classroom until a task force of educators, tech experts and business people take a look. It assigns the State Board of Education with deciding the pace and scope of online instruction. To say the changes are cosmetic is being generous, however. Son of Luna isn't just a sequel. It's a clone, albeit one that conceals its intent and assigns the fault to others. Beginning next year, Son of Luna pulls $20 million from the account Idaho uses to pay teacher salaries. That comes on top of the $60 million legislators are preparing to cut from the public school budget/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Marty Trillhaase goes on to say that Luna 3, which was passed by Coeur d'Alene Sen. John Goedde's Education Committee Tuesday, will suck $420M from teacher pay in 6 years. Are you still persuaded that Luna's “reform” legislation is good for Idaho school children?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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