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Statesman: Luna Overplayed Hand

Of course, and for the record, Tom Luna is right. Politicking has no place in public education — especially when K-12’s scarce taxpayer resources are stretched as never before. But the state’s schools superintendent has overplayed his hand and picked a counterproductive public fight with Idaho teachers. In a widely distributed and heavy-handed email, Luna implies that the schools have become campaign headquarters in the drive to overturn his controversial “Students Come First” legislation. His email to the state’s district superintendents, charter school administrators and school board members was light on specifics. Luna said he has received numerous reports of improper political activities in recent weeks — activities that would violate the teachers’ code of ethics, “if substantiated.” That’s a mighty big “if”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman Editorial Board. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Which side is to blame for the toxic relationship between Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna and Idaho's teachers?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.