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Wed., Sept. 5, 2012, 5:01 p.m.

Luna-IEA Feud Grows Uglier

The bitter relationship between Tom Luna and Idaho teachers just keeps deteriorating. The latest feud centers on — naturally — a component of the state schools superintendent’s far-reaching and hotly contested Students Come First laws. Under Luna’s merit pay plan, some 85 percent of Idaho teachers stand to receive some kind of bonus — on Nov. 15, and only if Idaho voters ratify the merit pay plan in a Nov. 6 referendum. Luna’s office says state law  will not allow the state Education Department to hand out the $38.7 million any sooner. The response from Idaho Education Association president Penni Cyr was pretty much to be expected. “The state department is holding this money hostage," Cyr told the Associated Press. “The teachers earned it, the Legislature appropriated it last year and they intended it to be used for teacher compensation/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Whose side are you on in this feud?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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